Grand Larceny From the Person

When a theft in New York is perpetrated by stealing property from the person of another, regardless of the value of that property, the theft is a felony offense. Pursuant to New York Penal Law 155.30(5), the "Pickpocket Statute," one is guilty of Grand Larceny in the 4th Degree when one she steals property and that property, regardless of what it is or its value, is taken from the person of another. An "E" felony, this offense is punishable by up to four years in state prison.

It is extremely important to note that one does not have to use any force, threaten violence or even take the property from another's grasp. In fact, legal decisions addressing section 155.30(5) of the New York Penal Law have been very favorable for complainants in this regard. For example, Grand Larceny from the person is likely committed where a person is sitting on a strap of a purse and a defendant steals that purse by gently sliding the strap away from underneath the owner. In other words, you may be charged with this crime of Grand Larceny in the Fourth Degree as long as there was some contact to another's person even if he or she was not aware that you were stealing the property at the time it was stolen.

For further information on Grand Larceny in the Fourth Degree pursuant to New York Penal Law section 155.30(5) as well as other degrees and types of Grand Larceny, please review the Theft Offense section of our blog as well as the Grand Larceny section of our website.

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