grand larceny


Definition of grand larceny

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

Examples of grand larceny in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Queens Councilman Ruben Wills was removed from office in 2017 after he was convicted of fraud and grand larceny, which were felony charges. Katie Honan, WSJ, "New York City Councilman Pleads Guilty to Tax Fraud," 22 Apr. 2021 Vila had been convicted of grand larceny stemming from stealing from another client that year. Washington Post, "His health deteriorated after heroic work on 9/11. Then his lawyer stole $1 million of victim relief money.," 21 Apr. 2021 Chief O’Reilly said that during the first three months of 2021, major crimes, which include robbery and grand larceny, declined on average by 53% compared with the same period last year. Paul Berger, WSJ, "MTA Hopes Cameras Will Combat New York City Subway Crime," 21 Apr. 2021 The rapper was sentenced to seven years in prison for grand larceny in 2006 in connection with a November 2004 hotel robbery, according to Billboard. Carly Roman, Washington Examiner, "Rapper Black Rob dies at 51," 17 Apr. 2021 On his early albums, songs about grand larceny sat next to pleas for divine salvation. Jordan Coley, Vulture, "Belly Is the FUBU of American Cinema, and That’s Why I Love It," 14 Apr. 2021 The subsequent jury, eight men and four women, found McDonald guilty of murder and Close guilty of grand larceny. David Reamer, Anchorage Daily News, "In 1930, the FBI cracked the case of a Ketchikan murder — thanks to an incriminating can of sliced peaches," 21 Feb. 2021 Transit crime and grand larceny, often the stealing of laptops or iPhones of straphangers, plummeted as trains emptied out. Ali Watkins, New York Times, "Violent Year in New York and Across U.S. as Pandemic Fuels Crime Spike," 29 Dec. 2020 But when King skimmed some of the cash to pay his overdue taxes, his partner sued him for grand larceny in 1971. The Associated Press,, "Larry King, broadcasting giant for half-century, dies at 87," 23 Jan. 2021

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First Known Use of grand larceny

1618, in the meaning defined above

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“Grand larceny.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 May. 2021.

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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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