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Larceny (from the person) is a felony that carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in the State Penitentiary.

If you have been charged with this crime, do not speak to the police and do not delay! [see statutes below for other forms of larceny and their penalties]

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According to Black's Law Dictionary, Larceny is the taking of another's property unlawfully, with the intention of depriving the owner of its use. Also, it is "the felonious taking and carrying away from any place the personal property of another, without his consent, by a person not entitled to the possession thereof, with the intent to deprive the owner of the property and to convert it to the use of the taker or some person other than the owner.

Modern statutes break larceny down into categories such as: larceny by trick, larceny from a motor vehicle, larceny in a building (including shoplifting), larceny from a person (pickpocket), larceny by conversion, larceny from an employer (embezzlement), larceny by extortion (blackmail), larceny by false pretenses and receiving and concealing stolen property. Larceny is divided into misdemeanors and felonies determined by fair market value or the amount of money taken as in "Grand Larceny" or "Petit (petty) Larceny". In Michigan larceny of over $1,000.00 is a felony. Automobile theft is included in some states as "Grand Theft, Auto".

CJI2d 23.1 Michigan Criminal Jury Instructions – Elements of the Crime.


(1) The defendant is charged with the crime of larceny. To prove this charge, the prosecutor must proveeach of the following elements beyond a reasonable doubt:

(2) First, that the defendant took someone else's property.

(3) Second, that the property was taken without consent.

(4) Third, that there was some movement of the property. [It does not matter whether the defendant actually kept the property or whether the property was taken off the premises].

(5) Fourth, that at the time the property was taken, the defendant intended to permanently deprive the owner of the property.

(6) Fifth, that the property had a fair market value at the time it was taken of:

[Choose only one of the following unless instructing on lesser offenses:]

(a) $20,000 or more.

(b) $1,000 or more, but less than $20,000.

(c) $200 or more, but less than $1,000.

(d) some amount less than $200.

[Use the following paragraph only if applicable.]

(7) [You may add together the values of property stolen in separate incidents if part of a scheme or course of conduct within a 12-month period when deciding whether the prosecutor has proved the amount required beyond a reasonable doubt.]


MCL 750.357 Larceny from the person.

Sec. 357.

Larceny from the person—Any person who shall commit the offense of larceny by stealing from the person of another shall be guilty of a felony, punishable by imprisonment in the state prison not more than 10 years.

750.357b Committing larceny by stealing firearm of another person as felony; penalty.

Sec. 357b.

A person who commits larceny by stealing the firearm of another person is guilty of a felony, punishable by imprisonment for not more than 5 years or by a fine of not more than $2,500.00, or both.

750.360 Larceny; places of abode, work, storage, conveyance, worship and other places.

Sec. 360.

Any person who shall commit the crime of larceny by stealing in any dwelling house, house trailer, office, store, gasoline service station, shop, warehouse, mill, factory, hotel, school, barn, granary, ship, boat, vessel, church, house of worship, locker room or any building used by the public shall be guilty of a felony [a felony, punishable by imprisonment for not more than 4 years; Michigan Sentencing Guidelines].


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