[Old English thiefth
] : larceny ;broadly :
a criminal taking of the property or services of another without consent NOTE: Theft commonly encompasses by statute a variety of forms of stealing formerly treated as distinct crimes. grand theft :
theft of property or services whose value exceeds a specified amount or of a specified kind of property (as an automobile) NOTE: Grand theft is a felony. identity theft :
the unauthorized use of another's means of identification (as name or social security number) for the purpose of commiting theft or another crime petty theft :
theft of property or services whose value is below a specified amount called also petit theft NOTE: Petty theft is a misdemeanor but may be aggravated by prior convictions.