• (noun): The unlawful taking and removing of another's personal property with the intent of permanently depriving the owner; theft.

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  • (noun): the act of taking something from someone unlawfully; "the thieving is awful at Kennedy International"

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Larceny is a crime involving the unlawful taking of the personal property of another person or business. It is an offence under the common law of England and became an offence in jurisdictions which incorporated the common law of England into their own law (also Statutory law).
Larceny has been abolished in England and Wales, Northern Ireland, and the Republic of Ireland due to breaking up the generalised crime of larceny into the specific crimes of burglary, robbery, fraud, theft, and related crimes. However, larceny remains an offence in parts of the United States and in New South Wales, Australia, involving the taking (caption) and carrying away (asportation) of personal property.

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  • For example, an officer who wanted to hide a grand larceny, which is counted as an index crime and as such would affect the city's crime rate, could classify the crime as a petite larceny, a statistic that is not counted as part of the official crime rate.

  • Stealing without administering fear is called larceny, stealing by administering fear is called robbery, the keyword here is “steal.”

  • He was convicted instead of grand larceny, that is, of stealing his bonuses, which were certainly oversized.

  • Judge Rafalsky held, for instance, that if a crime had been committed at all, it was not that known as larceny, and he went on to add:

  • When Stores could not, they were prone to steal vegetables, melons and poultry from the convicts, a transgression Ross punished as severely as if the larceny were the other way around.

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