petit larceny

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Petit Larceny

A form of larceny—the stealing of another's personal property—in which the value of the property taken is generally less than $50.

At Common Law, the penalty for the offense was whipping or some other Corporal Punishment. Under modern-day statutes, it is usually a fine, imprisonment, or both.

West's Encyclopedia of American Law, edition 2. Copyright 2008 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.

petit larceny

formerly in England, the stealing of property valued at a shilling or under. Abolished 1827. Still in some states of the US the theft of property having a value below a certain figure.
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He also pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct in 1990, DWI in 1992 and attempted petit larceny in 1993.
Among the most vocal critics of music promoter Rick Crogan, who recently copped to a single misdemeanor plea of petit larceny (normally given to shoplifters) after being charged with three felonies for allegedly stealing money he raised or earned for his music festival on Old Falls St., was a man named Brett Biro.
Lugo, who has history of theft and petit larceny arrests, later told authorities he meant no harm and "just wanted to go for a ride".
Niagara Falls music promoter Rick Crogan, who was charged last June with three felonies--grand larceny, larceny, and scheme to defraud--all of them connected with his Niagara Falls Music and Arts Festival held on Old Falls St., pleaded guilty to a single count of petit larceny, a Class A misdemeanor, last week.
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