grand larceny


Definition of grand larceny

: larceny of property of a value greater than that fixed as constituting petit larceny

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Recent Examples on the Web With some exceptions, the recent corruption was naively provincial rather than the grand larceny of a March or Franco. The Economist, "Too many setbacks A historian sets out to explain Spain’s tumultuous past," 20 June 2020 The letter comes as data from the department shows homicide, burglary and grand larceny auto crimes have spiked in the city this past month. Pervaiz Shallwani And Julian Cummings, CNN, "In letter to uniformed members, NYPD commissioner says they will have to fight crime differently and with fewer street stops," 17 June 2020 Henderson’s grand larceny conviction stemmed from an incident where, according to Wallace’s order, Henderson stole $90 worth of car batteries from the city of Birmingham. Ivana Hrynkiw |, al, "Two men sentenced for drug trafficking and no chance at parole now free," 6 June 2020 Should grand larceny be legal because people are just going to attempt it, anyway?, "Billionaires beware: Elizabeth Warren is coming for your candy.," 19 Oct. 2019 New York City police saw a 25% decrease in murders during the last two weeks of March and a 37% decrease in grand larcenies, according to statistics released Thursday. John Gage, Washington Examiner, "Crime rates take a nose dive amid coronavirus pandemic," 3 Apr. 2020 The context for the crimes is a wealthy, self-impressed school board whose members are initially okay with hushing up grand larceny to protect their own interests. Holly Ojalvo, Quartz, "The high school in “Bad Education” rings true. I know because I taught there myself," 22 Apr. 2020 Robbery, assault, burglary, and grand larceny all increased. Andrew Mark Miller, Washington Examiner, "NYPD blames new bail reform laws for 2020 crime surge," 7 Mar. 2020 Richard Allan, an amateur historian and activist, was charged with grand larceny and possession of burglarious tools, both felonies, police said. Michael E. Miller, Washington Post, "Charlottesville activist who confessed to removing slave auction plaque arrested," 12 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of grand larceny

1618, in the meaning defined above

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27 Jun 2020

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“Grand larceny.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of grand larceny

US, law : the crime of stealing something that is very valuable

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Legal Definition of grand larceny

see larceny

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