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ASU Annual Crime Report Reveals Trends on Campus

Arizona State University's (ASU) annual crime report for the 2012 calendar year is out. This report is published annually and provides crime statistics for the previous three-year period, Arizona's KTVK-TV reports.

What important findings came out of this year's report? Here's a general overview of some numbers from 2012:

Theft, Burglary, Robbery: What's the Difference?

Newspaper stories on crime are filled with legal terms like theft, burglary, and robbery. But not a lot of stories explain how each of these crimes differ.

These offenses all fall under the idea of stealing, but property crimes are about more than that. Any time property is taken or destroyed, there's a criminal charge that could apply to the person who is arrested.

The difference between the charges is important because it affects how serious the sentence for each crime can be. So, what is the difference?

Casino reward cards have long been one of the perks of being a habitual gambler. One Arizona couple is accused of using a rewards program to scam a local casino out of about $27,000.

Mark Allen Lomayestewa, an employee of Casino Arizona, allegedly filed false player reports in his girlfriend's name to rack up rewards points, The Arizona Republic reports. Now, Lomayestewa and girlfriend Henrietta Wagner are facing federal charges for embezzlement and theft.

Hollywood often depicts the men who don Santa Claus costumes during the holiday season in a less-than-flattering light.

But some (alleged) criminals have gone one step further than Hollywood to drag St. Nick's image right through the mud. Below, we've included a list of some real-life "Bad Santas" from Christmases past and present.

David Luellen was kicked out of a Scottsdale bar early Monday after getting into a drunken argument with the bartender. Luellen wanted revenge, so he decided to slash the bartender's tires.

The problem was that Luellen wasn't sure which car belonged to the bartender. He didn't let that stop him, however.

Luellen was arrested after reportedly slashing the tires of 21 cars in a nearby parking garage, CBS 5 News reports. He's now facing charges for theft, burglary, and criminal damage.

You know you've hit rock bottom when you find yourself robbing a dollar store.

According to authorities, brothers Dylan and Joshua Wroe tried to steal items from a 99 Cents Only store in Gilbert. When the store manager confronted them, the brothers assaulted not only him but a number of other employees as well, police said.

The Wroes are now facing aggravated robbery charges, AZfamily.com reports.

In July, Phoenix College football coach Land Jacobsen was shot in his Peoria home. He died a week later.

Authorities accuse Justin Otis McMahan of murdering Jacobsen. Now Jacobsen's family wants prosecutors to pursue the death penalty against McMahan, The Arizona Republic reports.

Despite being stabbed numerous times, William Traynor was able to wrestle his attacker to the ground and keep him there until police arrived.

Traynor woke up about 3:45 a.m. to the sound of an intruder in his home. When Traynor came face to face with 62-year-old Michael Garland, a struggle ensued, CBS 5 News reports.

A man who led police on a high-speed chase through Phoenix apparently killed himself on live television this afternoon, Fox 10 News reports.

Cable TV's Fox News Channel was covering the police chase live, using local affiliate Fox 10's news helicopter. The suspect eventually pulled over, ran from his vehicle, and then apparently shot himself in the head.

The cable channel has since issued an apology for televising the incident.

Jami Lynn Toler wanted breast implants, but couldn't afford them. So she did what anyone in her shoes would do: She told everyone she had cancer, accepted donations for treatment, and then used the money for a breast enlargement.

Toler, 27, was originally charged with theft and fraud, but accepted a plea deal last month, pleading guilty to theft. On Wednesday, Toler was sentenced to one year in jail and three years of probation, AZfamily.com reports.