petty larceny


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petty larceny

n.
Variant of petit larceny.

petty larceny

n
(Law) a variant spelling of petit larceny

pet′ty

(or pet′it) lar′ceny


n.
larceny in which the value of the goods taken is below a certain legally specified amount.
[1810–20]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.petty larceny - larceny of property having a value less than some amount (the amount varies by locale)
larceny, stealing, theft, thievery, thieving - the act of taking something from someone unlawfully; "the thieving is awful at Kennedy International"
References in classic literature ?
This functionary, being, of course, well used to such scenes; looking upon all kinds of robbery, from petty larceny up to housebreaking or ventures on the highway, as matters in the regular course of business; and regarding the perpetrators in the light of so many customers coming to be served at the wholesale and retail shop of criminal law where he stood behind the counter; received Mr Brass's statement of facts with about as much interest and surprise, as an undertaker might evince if required to listen to a circumstantial account of the last illness of a person whom he was called in to wait upon professionally; and took Kit into custody with a decent indifference.
It is a commercial colony of itself: the emporium of petty larceny: visited at early morning, and setting-in of dusk, by silent merchants, who traffic in dark back-parlours, and who go as strangely as they come.
After all, that is nothing; petty larceny, six months at the most.
The tabloids called him "the canary who could sing but could not fly." There were also lesser-known hoods like Stiff Rivka, who Joselit reports specialized in petty larceny during the Days of Awe.
Several police officers, including a special operations unit and a K9 unit, allegedly ransacked a house looking for three men wanted for petty larceny. While no one was injured during the raid, human rights activists questioned the appropriateness and proportionality of the police response.
She was fired from the DA's office and charged with petty larceny.
Trials were held but only one person -- Abe Raymer, an accused ringleader -- was charged in relation to the riots (with petty larceny).
He cited felonizing petty larceny third offenses, mandatory minimum sentences for habitual offenders and dangling objects as a precursor for police stops as just a few of his pet peeves.<br />"That's why our jail populations are as large as they are," he said.<br />Beyond the overpopulation of jails, Pham said the other biggest problem he sees is the lack of communication and understanding between the different parts of the criminal justice system.<br />"Prosecutors don't understand what's happening in jails," he said.
(Admitted to practice: 2016) Kinsella was charged with grand theft, a felony, and two counts of petty larceny, misdemeanors.
They arrested 32-year-old custodian Aisha Evans and hit her with three charges of petty larceny. While students were outside marching, she is said to have gone into classrooms and stole a total of $180 from three different bags.
N THE 1970s, there was a two-bit crook - we'll call him Tony - forever in and out of prison for petty larceny.
He was no stranger to prison, having been incarcerated for 12 months in 1825 for poaching, one month in 1829 for petty larceny and three months in 1839 for the same offence.