In the state of Massachusetts, several different theft crimes are categorized under the term larceny. The subject of larceny has several sub-categories in which individuals will be charged. The Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 266 Section 30 covers the area of larceny with the specific statute covering crimes where someone takes possession of property that belongs to someone else without their consent. Basically, larceny is a theft crime. When you face larceny charges, you will need proper representation. Michael M. Monopoli and Mark L. Monopoli are Massachusetts Criminal Defense Law attorneys ready to fight for your case. Having an experienced attorney by your side can help you win your case or experience lesser charges in the matter.

With larceny in Massachusetts, the value of the stolen property, as well as the circumstances in which the property was stolen, will determine the specific charge filed. In general, a stolen item that has a value under $250 will incur a charge of petty larceny. This is a misdemeanor in Massachusetts. If the property stolen has a value of more than $250 the law will consider the charge grand larceny which is a felony.

With grand larceny, individuals can face up to five years in a state prison and have to pay a maximum fine of $25,000. A county jail sentence may also be given with up to 2 and ½ years spent in prison.

Larceny Crimes

In the state of Massachusetts, larceny and robbery are not the same. Robbery is a form of larceny but not larceny in itself. Typical theft crimes in the state or property crimes consist of robbery, motor vehicle theft, shoplifting, burglary, forgery, embezzlement, credit card theft, identity theft and the receiving or buying of stolen property. Categories of larceny include:

  • Burglary
  • Buying or receiving of stolen goods
  • Credit card fraud
  • Embezzlement
  • Identity fraud
  • Larceny by Check
  • Larceny by Stealing
  • Larceny by Stealing in a Building
  • Larceny by Stealing from an individual
  • Receiving stolen property
  • Larceny of a Motor Vehicle
  • Robbery
  • White Collar Theft Crimes


When it comes to the penalties for a theft crime or property crime the punishment will vary. There is no one sentence and each charge will result in some form of sentencing and punishment. The specific offense and the facts that surround the charge will see the judge choose to impose the full sentence or minimum jail time allowed. If the defendant already has a criminal record, they can expect to serve more jail time, most likely the maximum sentence. A stiffer sentence will also be presented if the defendant has hurt someone in the process of the offense as well as if a weapon was used in the act.

If you or someone you know has been charged with a larceny offense, seek legal counsel. An experienced criminal defense attorney like Michael M. Monopoli and Mark L. Monopoli can help with a successful outcome in your case. It is essential that a criminal defense attorney is used as they know the law of the land and can assist in building a strong case in your favor.