Larceny Crimes Theft Defense Attorneys Virginia Maryland

Larceny is a crime in Virginia & Maryland is the illegal taking and carrying away of personal property belonging to another with the purpose of permanently depriving the owner of its possession.

Illegal possession of property, command or possession of property from another person and group of persons is known as larceny. Constructive having or possession is defined by the Black’s Law Dictionary, sixth edition. “Where one doesn’t have custody or actual possession but  is in a position to exercise control over anything, or control something.” Larceny and robbery mean the same thing in the program. All larceny and attempted robbery are included in this category with one exception: auto larceny. Due to the high volume of car larceny, this crime has its own crime category.

For the program of UCR, agencies should report local crime classifications such as grand larceny, petty larceny, or petty larceny. Also, agencies must report all larceny regardless of the value of stolen property. Agencies may not classify embezzlement offenses; fraudulent transfers of assigned property; and the transfer of goods legally owned by piles, occupiers or finders of lost property; Getting money by false claims.

 Picking pockets:

Stealing articles from a person by stealth where the victim usually does not immediately become aware of larceny.

The picking pockets involve removing items such as purses from women’s bags and men’s pockets. This usually occurs in a general mobilization or transfer or another similar situation to conceal the activity. Reporting agencies must also include the larceny of a person in an unconscious state, including drunkenness, in this category. However, if the victim is at risk or if force is used outside the simple competitor to overcome victim resistance, the crime becomes a powerful robbery and must be classified under the theft.

Snatching of purse:

Grab or grab a bag, handbag, etc., from an individual person or group.The wallet must be in physical possession of the victim in order to steal to be classified as a wallet snatching. If more force is used than is actually necessary to extract the wallet from the owner’s grip, or if the victim resists larceny in any way, then the crime is classified as a strong robbery. If a woman leaves her purse unchecked and is robbed by a thief, the crime is classified as theft.


The larceny of a person (other than an employee) of the goods or goods offered for sale. By definition, the offender in a weightlifting event has legal access to the premises and, therefore, there is no excess or illegal entry. The category includes the larceny of goods offered as part of the inventory in off-premises commerce such as shops, hardware stores, supermarkets, fruit leaps and gas stations.

Non specific larceny:

All larceny that does not fit defines the specific categories of larceny mentioned above. Category include all other larceny Stealing of fenced containers, Larceny from boats and planes, Stealing jet skis, Larceny of animals, Larceny of grass mowers, Stolen Garden Furniture, Larceny of hand tools, The larceny of the farm, and construction equipment where there is no break or entering the building involves larceny after entering an illegal tent, trailer tent, or travel trailer used for entertainment purposes Stealing aircraft, bulldozers and boats theft of gasoline from a self service fuel station.

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  • § 18.2-97. Larceny of certain animals and poultry.

Any person who shall be guilty of the larceny of a dog, horse, pony, mule, cow, steer, bull or calf shall be guilty of a Class 5 felony; and any person who shall be guilty of the larceny of any poultry of the value of $5 dollars or more, but of the value of less than $200, or of a sheep, lamb, swine, or goat, of the value of less than $200, shall be guilty of a Class 6 felony.

  • § 7-109. Proof of theft.

(a)  In general.- Subject to subsection (b) of this section, a charge of theft may be proved by evidence that the theft was committed in a manner that is theft under this part, even if a different manner is specified in the information, indictment, warrant, or other charging document.

(b)  Continuance or other relief.- A court may grant a continuance or other appropriate relief:

(1) to ensure a fair trial; and

(2) if the conduct of the defense would be prejudiced by lack of fair notice or by surprise.

  • ALM GL ch. 266, § 40 – Common and Notorious Thief.

Whoever, having been convicted, upon indictment, of larceny or of being accessory to larceny before the fact, afterward commits a larceny or is accessory thereto before the fact, and is convicted thereof upon indictment, and whoever is convicted at the same sitting of the court, as principal or accessory before the fact, of three distinct larcenies, shall be adjudged a common and notorious thief, and shall be punished by imprisonment in the state prison for not more than twenty years or in jail for not more than two and one half years.