petty larceny

noun

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There’s also a good chance that some North Koreans, especially military personnel with easy access to small arms, may resort to petty larceny to get ahead. Charlie Campbell, Time, "What Would Korean Reunification Look Like? Five Glaring Problems to Overcome," 26 Apr. 2018 William Russel, 29, was arrested for a petty larceny charge, according to WCAX. Alexandra Deabler, Fox News, "Wanted man mistakes police cruiser for pizza delivery car," 2 Apr. 2018 She was immediately arrested and charged with three counts of petty larceny, CNN reports. Paula Rogo, Essence.com, "This Custodian Stole From Students During The National School Walkout," 17 Mar. 2018 The Richland County Sheriff’s Department issued a statement saying Evans had been charged with three counts of petty larceny. Monique Judge, The Root, "Just Triflin’: Custodian Steals $180 From Students During National School Walkout Day," 16 Mar. 2018 On the other hand, someone whose mental illness compels them to petty larceny probably shouldn’t be confined at all. New York Times, "The 10.1.17 Issue," 13 Oct. 2017

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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

noun

Legal Definition of petty larceny 

: petit larceny at larceny

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