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What is Larceny?

Larceny is usually defined as taking and carrying away the property of another with the intent to permanently deprive the owner of possession. In order to be guilty of larceny, the prosecutor must prove that you possessed the specific intent to permanently deprive the owner of possession. For example, if you take your friend's car without his permission, but you plan on returning it to your friend in an hour or so, you are not guilty of larceny.

Can one be guilty of larceny for taking abandoned property?

No.

Can one be guilty of larceny for taking lost property?

Yes, if you intend to steal lost property and you know who the owner is or from the circumstances, can find out the owner's identity, then you can be guilty of larceny. For example, a guy is walking in front of you and drops a $5 bill. You pick up the bill and put it in your pocket and you intend to keep the bill. You are guilty of larceny.

 

 

 

 

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