Theft / Larceny
The generic terms for all crimes in which a person intentionally and fraudulently takes personal property of another without permission or consent and with the intent to convert it to the taker's use (including potential sale).
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Theft/Larceny Defense Considerations
In many states, if the value of the property taken is low (for example, less than $500) the crime is "petty theft," but it is "grand theft" for larger amounts, designated misdemeanor or felony, respectively.
Theft is synonymous with "larceny."
Although robbery (taking by force), burglary (taken by entering unlawfully) and embezzlement (stealing from an employer) are all commonly thought of as theft, they are distinguished by the means and methods used and are separately designated as those types of crimes in criminal charges and statutory punishments.
Examples include shoplifting, pickpocketing, theft from buildings where the perpetrator has legitimate access, and purse-snatching.
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