petty larceny


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Recent Examples on the Web Honaker was previously arrested for petty larceny, forgery and battery, WFOR-TV reported, citing police records. Fox News, "Florida lawyer arrested in series of bank robberies near Miami, feds say," 22 Oct. 2020 Jack’s exile in St. Louis has been punishingly lonely and meaningless, defined by petty larceny, drunkenness, debt and a stint in prison, but also by countless hours hiding in the stacks of the public library. Sam Sacks, WSJ, "‘Jack’ Review: Far From the Fold," 25 Sep. 2020 The charge was petty larceny, which is a misdemeanor, and his bail was set at just one dollar. Jennifer Gonnerman, The New Yorker, "A Pulp-Fiction Novelist Trapped on Rikers During the Coronavirus Pandemic," 2 Apr. 2020 Earlier this year he was charged with 15 counts of petty larceny, a misdemeanor, and pleaded guilty in July, according to court records. Michael Gold, New York Times, "Worker Stole $90,000 in ‘Lady M’ Cakes and Resold Them, Lawsuit Says," 9 Sep. 2019 The boy dies of typhoid, but his spectre and his lust for petty larceny remain with Lurie. Francisco Cantú, The New Yorker, "Téa Obreht Reimagines the Western," 12 Aug. 2019 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,, "This Custodian Stole From Students During The National School Walkout," 17 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of petty larceny

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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25 Oct 2020

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“Petty larceny.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Nov. 2020.

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Legal Definition of petty larceny

: petit larceny at larceny

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