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 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 She was charged with petit larceny, NBC News reported. Robyn Merrett,, "Cat Stolen by Nanny Is Returned to Owners Who Wanted to Euthanize It," 16 Aug. 2019 Katz was charged with petit larceny last month and released on probation. Janelle Griffith, NBC News, "Cat stolen by nanny is returned to owners who wanted to euthanize it," 14 Aug. 2019 The Police Department could not confirm the public advocate’s analysis because before 2010, swipers were charged with petit larceny, not unlawful sale of transportation services, said Phillip Walzak, a spokesman for the Police Department. New York Times, "Selling MetroCard Swipes Remains Illegal, and a Way of Life," 17 June 2018 The Bermans contacted the police, but Katz turned herself in earlier this month and was charged with petit larceny. Janelle Griffith, NBC News, "New York nanny says she stole family's cat because they were going to euthanize it," 1 Aug. 2019 The female was charged with grand larceny of a firearm, credit card theft, possession of a schedule I or II narcotic, petit larceny, and trespassing into a vehicle. Lisa M. Bolton, Washington Post, "Prince William County," 30 May 2018

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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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12 Jan 2020

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“Petit larceny.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Feb. 2020.

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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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