ETYM French larcin, Old Eng. larrecin, Latin latrocinium, from latro robber, mercenary, hired servant. Related to Latrociny.
The act of stealing; SYN. theft, thievery, thieving, stealing.
In the US, and formerly in the UK, theft, the taking of personal property without consent and with the intention of permanently depriving the owner of it.
In some US states, larceny in which the value of the property exceeds a specified amount is grand larceny; larceny involving lesser amounts is petty larceny.