Another subjective reason could be related to the whimsical feature of some languages, English among them. Did I say "whimsical"? Of course. Did you know that English has four different words to refer to the person who steals? Depending on the Nature of the Crime, we will use BURGLAR, SHOPLIFTER, PICKPOCKET or ROBBER. However, if we do not know which word should be used in the appropriate context, THIEF is the most common word that students and people in general employ to refer to the person who steals. Today's issue 'defines crime in terms of who commits it'.
* BURGLAR: a person who breaks into a house or building with the intention to steal from inside. The verb is TO BURGLE and the action is known as BURGLARY.
* SHOPLIFTER: someone who steals goods from a shop while pretending to be a customer. The verb is TO SHOPLIFT and the action is known as SHOPLIFTING.
* ROBBER: a person who steals something from somebody or from a place by using force or violence. Examples: to rob a bank, a train, a jewellery shop, etc. The verb is TO ROB and the action is known as ROBBERY.