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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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.
Unlike rob whose direct object can be either human or place, the verb burglarize implies an illegal activity of stealthily forcing a way or breaking into a secure place in order to steal something from it.
Why did he use rob rather than burglarize although the latter is used in the first sentence?
Another aspect that might shed light on the different uses of the verbs steal, rob, and burglarize relates to their connotative meanings.
Similarly, the verb burglarize always has a negative connotation.