Auto Theft

Auto theft includes the unauthorized use of a vehicle as well as carjacking.

Unauthorized Use of a Vehicle

Any person who shall take, drive or use a vehicle, not his own, without the consent of the owner and in the absence of the owner, and with intent temporarily to deprive the owner of his possession, without intent to steal the same, shall be guilty of a Class 6 felony. Additionally, any person who assists in, or is a party or accessory to, or an accomplice in, any such unauthorized taking, driving or using shall be subject to the same punishment as if he were the principal offender. (VA Code § 18.2-102)


The intentional seizure or seizure of control of a motor vehicle of another with intent to permanently or temporarily deprive another in possession or control of the vehicle of that possession or control by means of partial strangulation, or suffocation, or by striking or beating, or by other violence to the person, or by assault or otherwise putting a person in fear of serious bodily harm, or by the threat or presenting of firearms, or other deadly weapon or instrumentality, shall be guilty of a felony. (VA Code 18 2, 1958.1)

More Information

For more information, please contact the Loudoun County Fire Marshal, the Dulles Town Center Sheriff's Office, or the Loudoun County Sheriff's Office.