thief noun

ADJ. would-be The alarm is usually sufficient to deter a would-be thief. | common, petty | professional | casual, opportunist | sneak | car, jewel, etc.

QUANT. gang

VERB + THIEF catch

THIEF + VERB take sth, snatch sth, steal sth A thief snatched her handbag containing her wages. | escape with sth, get away with sth, make off with sth | break in | strike The thief struck while the family were out.