[modification of Anglo-French larcine
theft, from Old French larrecin
, from Latin latrocinium
robbery, from latron-
mercenary soldier, brigand]
the unlawful taking and carrying away of personal property with the intent to deprive the rightful owner of it permanently
any of several types of theft (as embezzlement or obtaining another's property by false pretenses) that have been traditionally distinguished from larceny NOTE: Under the Model Penal Code and in states that follow it, larceny is a type of theft. In states where larceny is currently defined as a separate crime, it may include the crimes that were distinct from it under common law.
felonious larceny of property having a value greater than an amount fixed by law
larceny accompanied by aggravating circumstances (as the use of threats)
larceny by trick
larceny of property obtained by the use of misrepresentation esp. in getting an owner to hand over something in the belief that it is for temporary purposes compare false pretenses
larceny from the person
larceny of property held by or within the immediate control of its owner
larceny of property having a market value below an amount fixed by law called also petty larceny
NOTE: Petit larceny is a misdemeanor.