Burglary

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Burglary

The act of entering a building unlawfully with the intention of committing a crime, usually but not always theft. Burglary is illegal in nearly every jurisdiction.
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Virtually all the examples the study considered show that the verb burglarize refers to that kind of theft that is committed against places, but the things that these places contain are not burglarized by burglars, but rather are stolen, as the following example illustrates:
Unlike the verb steal, the direct objects of the verbs rob and burglarize are not single objects (things), but rather places or people.
However, the verbs burglarize and rob are acceptable in the following example, whereas steal is not, simply because the object is a place and not a single movable object.
Another aspect that might shed light on the different uses of the verbs steal, rob, and burglarize relates to their connotative meanings.
Why did he use rob rather than burglarize although the latter is used in the first sentence?