North Carolina Theft and Larceny Laws
"Larceny" and "theft" are often used interchangeably to describe property crimes that involve the unlawful taking and carrying away of the property of another without the legal right or consent. Theft and larceny are indeed equivalent offenses, but state law dictates what term is used.
In North Carolina, these types of offenses are referred to as larceny and include a number of crimes where the perpetrator has the intent to deprive the actual owner of their property rights. Although North Carolina doesn't treat auto theft as a separate offense, the state does have laws that criminalize the larceny of specific items such as gasoline and motor vehicle parts. However, most larceny offenses are penalized under the general larceny statute.
North Carolina Larceny/Theft Laws at a Glance
The chart below provides a summary of statutes related to North Carolina's larceny laws, including links to important code sections.
Larceny of property (misdemeanor):
Receiving or possessing stolen goods (when you know or should know that the goods are stolen):
Larceny of motor fuel:
Larceny by employees:
Regardless of the value of the property involved, the following offenses are felonies:
Note: State laws are always subject to change through the passage of new legislation, rulings in the higher courts (including federal decisions), ballot initiatives, and other means. While we strive to provide the most current information available, please consult an attorney or conduct your own legal research to verify the state law(s) you are researching.
North Carolina Larceny Laws: Related Resources
- North Carolina Criminal Statute of Limitations Laws
- Theft Penalties and Sentencing
- Theft Defenses
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