Possession of Burglary Tools

This is a strange law. For starters, the suspect doesn’t have to actually commit a burglary or larceny in order to be convicted of possession of burglary. Second, certain items are presumed to be burglary tools (i.e., wire cutters, a crowbar, etc.), whereas other normal household items may be considered burglary tools if the evidence supports that the suspect intended to use them for burglary or larceny (i.e., pliers, a screwdriver, even shopping bags which may be used to hide stolen merchandise).

ยง 18.2-94. Possession of burglarious tools, etc.
If any person have in his possession any tools, implements or outfit, with intent to commit burglary, robbery or larceny, upon conviction thereof he shall be guilty of a Class 5 felony. The possession of such burglarious tools, implements or outfit by any person other than a licensed dealer, shall be prima facie evidence of an intent to commit burglary, robbery or larceny.