petty larceny


Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Savannah Jones, 26, was arrested on a charge of false identification and had an outstanding warrant for charges of grand and petty larceny, police said. Gina Martinez, CBS News, 17 Apr. 2023 Jones had two warrants from Prince William County for grand and petty larceny, according to Manassas Park police. Teddy Grant, ABC News, 16 Apr. 2023 The actor was hit with assault and petty larceny charges in July after allegedly hitting another man multiple times and taking his phone, according to TMZ. Peter Sblendorio New York Daily News (tns), al, 16 Sep. 2022 Simon and co-creator George Pelecanos use a time-hopping narrative to juggle multiple subplots about petty larceny and bureaucratic indifference with historic recreations of the Freddie Gray protests. Kristen Baldwin,, 22 Apr. 2022 Jake Hoyle’s pandemic Olympics started with petty larceny. Andrew Beaton, WSJ, 21 July 2021 Other arrests followed—for petty larceny, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, driving under the influence. Ada Ferrer, The New Yorker, 22 Feb. 2021 Through pandemic and petty larceny, barbecue abides. Mike Sutter,, 7 Jan. 2021 Honaker was previously arrested for petty larceny, forgery and battery, WFOR-TV reported, citing police records. Fox News, 22 Oct. 2020 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1580, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of petty larceny was circa 1580

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“Petty larceny.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Jun. 2023.

Legal Definition

petty larceny

: petit larceny at larceny

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