Virginia Law Enforcement Arrests Three for Larceny and Robbery
The Bedford County Sheriff’s Office arrested and charged two men and a woman for armed robbery, grand larceny and other crimes, as reported by WSET. Authorities continue to search for a third man in connection with these crimes.
Law enforcement responded to a 911 call from a residential home. The resident requested urgent help with a break-in, as several people were attempting to rob him. By the time law enforcement arrived on the scene, the three men and woman had escaped with several firearms and cash.
The two men and woman in police custody face charges for the following crimes:
- Armed robbery;
- Grand larceny of weapons and money;
- Using a weapon while committing a felony;
- Using a mask to conceal identity; and
- Illegal possession of a gun.
In light of the present news story, it seems like a great time to review the differences between Virginia laws concerning larceny and robbery.
The Definition of Petit Larceny in Virginia
The state-specific definition of petit larceny appears in Code of Virginia §18.2-96. In broad strokes, petit larceny is a theft crime that concerns stolen items of low value. Petit larceny applies to pickpockets and other thieves who steal items worth less than $5 directly from the victim’s possession. Petit larceny also applies to the theft of items that are not in the victim’s possession, so long as the items are worth less than $200 combined.
The Definition of Grand Larceny in Virginia
The state-specific definition of grand larceny appears in Code of Virginia §18.2-95. Essentially, grand larceny is a theft crime that concerns stolen items of high value. There are three major buckets of grand larceny crimes in Virginia.
First, grand larceny applies to pickpockets and other thieves who steal items worth more than $5 directly from the victim’s possession. Second, grand larceny also applies to the theft of items that are not in the victim’s possession, so long as the items are worth more than $200 combined. Third, grand larceny applies to the theft of a firearm that is not in the owner’s possession.
The Definition of Robbery in Virginia
The state-specific definition of robbery appears in Code of Virginia §18.2-58. In simple terms, robbery is a theft crime perpetrated by the threat of force or actual violence. If the robbery victim reasonably fears for their life or safety, then robbery laws can apply. The use of a firearm during the robbery generally qualifies as a threat of force or violence.
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