Well, no, it does not require a victim. If it is illegal by definition it is a crime.
It really is that simple.
But the reasons people steal are complex; they may believe it is a victimless crime, covered by insurance, that they deserve what is stolen, they might even have a valid reason to steal; to save someones life, to save their life.
Anyone so limited that they can only spell a word one way is severely handicapped!