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.

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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