To prove that the defendant is guilty of (grand theft or petty theft) Larceny, the People must prove that:

☐  The defendant took possession of property, owned by
someone else;

☐  The defendant took the property without the owner’s [or
owner’s agent’s] consent;

☐  When the defendant took the property (he/she) intended
(to deprive the owner of it permanently/ [or] to remove it
from the owner’s [or owner’s agent’s] possession for so
extended a period of time that the owner would be
deprived of a major portion of the value or enjoyment of
the property);


☐  The defendant moved the property, even a small distance,
and kept it for any period of time, however brief.


An agent is someone to whom the owner has given complete or
partial authority and control over the owner’s property.

For petty theft, the property taken can be of any value, no
matter how slight.