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Related to asportation: Simple larceny


The removal of items from one place to another, such as carrying things away illegally.

Asportation is one of the elements required to establish the crime of Larceny. In order to prove that asportation has occurred, it is not necessary to show that the goods were moved a substantial distance, but only that they were moved.

Asportation was one of the elements necessary to establish common-law Kidnapping, and in many states it remains as an element of statutory kidnapping.


noun criminal ablation, criminal reeotion, criminal removement, criminal transmission, felonious abreption, felonious removal, felooious transference, felonious translocation, furtive removal, illegal amotion, illegal carriage, illegal subduccion, illegal transmittance, illegal transplantation, illegal transshipment, wrongful displacement, wrongful removal, wrongful transfer
Associated concepts: burglary, conversion and trover, robbery


carrying away to steal. See, for Scotland, THEFT.

ASPORTATION. The act of carrying a thing away; the removing a thing from one place to another. Vide Carrying away; Taking.

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11, by sergeants Francis Glynn and Matthew Saunders and charged with two counts of receiving a stolen credit card, shoplifting by asportation, breaking and entering a motor vehicle in the daytime, larceny of property valued over $250, personal identity fraud, signing a credit card without authorization and receiving stolen property valued over $250.
2, Worcester, shoplifting by asportation, guilty, filed.
Clinton, arrestee furnishing a false name/Social Security number, guilty, 22 days in the House of Correction, time served; shoplifting by asportation, guilty, filed; receiving stolen property valued over $250, dismissed; intimidation of a witness/juror/police/court official, dismissed.
1, Clinton, shoplifting by asportation, guilty, 20 hours of community service; shoplifting by asportation, dismissed.
by officers Brendon O'Malley and Jeffrey O'Toole and charged with two counts of shoplifting by asportation of material.