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in law, the unlawful taking and carrying away of the property of another, with intent to deprive the owner of its use or to appropriate it to the use of the perpetrator or of someone else. It is usually distinguished from embezzlementembezzlement,
wrongful use, for one's own selfish ends, of the property of another when that property has been legally entrusted to one. Such an act was not larceny at common law because larceny was committed only when property was acquired by a "felonious taking," i.e.
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 and false pretenses in that the actual taking of the property is accomplished unlawfully and without the victim's consent (see robberyrobbery,
in law, felonious taking of property from a person against his will by threatening or committing force or violence. The injury or threat may be directed against the person robbed, his property, or the person or property of his relative or of anyone in his presence at
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); along with the taking there must be a carrying-off. It is also distinguished from burglaryburglary,
at common law, the breaking and entering of a dwelling house of another at night with the intent to commit a felony, whether the intent is carried out or not. This definition has been generally adopted with some modifications in the criminal law of the various states
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 in that the theft does not necessarily involve unlawful breaking and entering. Statutes in some states of the United States enlarge the scope of larceny to include embezzlement and false pretenses. Grand larceny, usually a felonyfelony
, any grave crime, in contrast to a misdemeanor, that is so declared in statute or was so considered in common law. In early English law a felony was a heinous act that canceled the perpetrator's feudal rights and forfeited his lands and goods to the king, thus depriving
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, is distinguished from petty larceny, usually a misdemeanormisdemeanor,
in law, a minor crime, in contrast to a felony. At common law a misdemeanor was a crime other than treason or a felony. Although it might be a grave offense, it did not affect the feudal bond or take away the offender's property. By the 19th cent.
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, by the value of the property stolen.
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Although the CAAF has issued opinions explaining its rationale in credit and debit card transaction larcenies with unusual facts, the court has not explained its rationale when setting aside convictions in garden-variety cases where the wrong victim was alleged.
Det Gda Cross told prosecuting counsel Roger Sweetman BL that Stokes acted as the driver for all the larcenies and his two accomplices would follow in a car behind him.
For those offenses categorized as larcenies by false pretenses, there are three alternatives to charging and proving a violation of Article 121: The obtaining is either of goods from the merchant, (83) of money from the bank, (84) or of money from the account holder.
Yet, both larcenies and murders have equal value when it comes to the crime rate because they each count as one incident.
Wiggin, who has a record of larcenies and is awaiting trial in Dudley on another larceny charge, admitted during a phone conversation to running from police and agreed to be taken into custody.
For example, the federal Wire Fraud Act proscribes using the wires to further a fraudulent scheme.(6) This statute applies to most Internet larcenies. Although the interstate nature of Internet crime usually lends itself to federal prosecution, federal prosecutors still may decline to prosecute.
* The largest portion of reported larcenies (36.3 percent) were thefts of motor vehicle parts, accessories, and contents.
The officers may also target specific types of incidents, such as burglaries or larcenies.
Thefts of motor vehicle parts, accessories, and contents made up the largest portion (37 percent) of reported larcenies. Nationally, total losses were estimated at $3.8 billion, with the average value of property stolen at $483 per incident.