petty larceny


Examples of petty larceny in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The third cop charged, Officer Jonathan Gonzalez, resigned from the NYPD in December and pleaded guilty in February to petty larceny and official misconduct. Rocco Parascandola, New York Daily News, 6 June 2024 In 2011, she was arrested on petty larceny charges for stealing a pair of scissors and a knife worth $32.50 from a supermarket. Sam Roberts, New York Times, 22 Aug. 2023 Across California, clearance rates for petty larcenies — thefts without the use of force or threat of force — have fallen substantially over the past three decades, records show. St. John Barned-Smith, San Francisco Chronicle, 12 May 2023 Prior to his killing, Neely had a lengthy arrest record with New York police, a law enforcement source told CNN’s John Miller, including 42 arrests on charges including petty larceny, jumping subway turnstiles, theft, and three unprovoked assaults on women in the subway between 2019 and 2021. Maria Santana, CNN, 8 May 2023 See all Example Sentences for petty larceny 

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1580, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of petty larceny was circa 1580

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“Petty larceny.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Jul. 2024.

Legal Definition

petty larceny

: petit larceny at larceny

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