petit larceny


Definition of petit larceny

: larceny involving property of a value below a legally established minimum

Examples of petit larceny in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web For that incident, Ventura was hit with charges of assault and petit larceny. Fox News, "Man accused of slugging Rick Moranis has history of assaulting strangers," 17 Nov. 2020 The 20-year-old was additionally charged with petit larceny. Washington Post, "Prince William crime report," 30 Sep. 2020 Morrison was charged last Thursday with petit larceny and is due in court on Dec. 8. Michael Lee, Washington Examiner, "New York doctor facing charges for allegedly taking Christopher Columbus statue from elderly neighbor," 14 Sep. 2020 The 20-year-old suspect who was arrested has been charged with wearing a mask in public while committing larceny, underage possession of alcohol, and petit larceny of alcohol, police said. Alaa Elassar, CNN, "A man who wore a watermelon on his head while stealing from a convenience store has been arrested," 18 May 2020 Instead, these cases generally fall under grand larceny if an item is valued at more than $1,000, or petit larceny if valued at less. Matthew Haag, New York Times, "90,000 Packages Disappear Daily in N.Y.C. Is Help on the Way?," 2 Dec. 2019 Lisa Barrera, 22, a Bronx resident, was arrested on charges of larceny and petit larceny, the New York Police Department told NBC News. Janelle Griffith, NBC News, "Dog walker arrested after home camera catches her allegedly stealing from client," 27 Nov. 2019 The Woodbridge woman was charged with burglary and petit larceny. Lisa M. Bolton, Washington Post, "Prince William County," 21 Aug. 2019 She was later charged with petit larceny and released on probation. Fox News, "Long Island nanny who swiped cat to save from euthanasia may get to keep it," 8 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of petit larceny

circa 1580, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of petit larceny was circa 1580

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“Petit larceny.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of petit larceny

US, law : the crime of stealing something that does not have a high value

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Legal Definition of petit larceny

— see larceny

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