I had a roommate that would steal money from me when I was not home. When I confronted him, he sent me an email saying: I don't care if you call me a theft. In the real sense of the word, he is, but he meant a "thief." For crying out loud!! He is supposed to be a college graduate and he writes like that, that is the real theft. So according to him, a theft is a person who steals money from somebody else.
I don't care if you call me a theft, or My spouse is a dirty old theft, when I was a kid, i became a theft. haha!! very wrong.