petty larceny


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Recent Examples on the Web 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 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, 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, 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, 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, 12 Aug. 2019

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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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“Petty larceny.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Dec. 2021.

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: petit larceny at larceny

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