- larceny in which the value of the goods taken is below a certain legally specified amount.
Origin of petty larceny
Examples from the Web for petty larceny
Historical Examples of petty larceny
It's too cramped, too girded about with petty-larceny conventions.North of Fifty-Three
Bertrand W. Sinclair
It simply means a thief on a grand scale, something more than "a snapper-up of unconsidered trifles," or petty-larceny rascal.Rookwood
William Harrison Ainsworth
He had all the contempt for a petty-larceny thief that the skilled safe-breaker has for the common purse-snatcher.'Me-Smith'
- a variant spelling of petit larceny