Definition"Steal or Purloin"
The terms to steal or to purloin have no established meaning in the
common law. See United States v. Maloney, 607 F.2d 222, 229
Cir. 1979), cert. denied, 445 U.S. 918 (1980) (purloin); Crabb v.
Zerbst, 99 F.2d 562, 565 (5th Cir. 1938) (steal). Instead, these terms
generally to the crime of larceny and were developed in modern pleading to
broaden larceny beyond its strict common law definition. See
States v. Maloney, 607 F.2d at 229; United States v.
Archambault, 441 F.2d 281, 282-83 (10th Cir.), cert. denied, 404
Larceny, under 18 U.S.C. § 641, requires proof of the following
four elements: (1) the wrongful taking and carrying away (asportation); (2)
personal property belonging to another, in this case property of the United
States; (3) without the consent of the owner; and (4) with the intent to
the owner of his property. See United States v. Barlow, 480
1245, 1251 (D.C.Cir. 1972). Larceny, like embezzlement, is a specific
crime. However, in contrast to embezzlement, larceny requires an intent to
permanently deprive another of his property. See Ailsworth v.
States, 448 F.2d 439, 442 (9th Cir. 1971).
This language in 18 U.S.C. § 641 encompasses all forms of
including larceny by trick. See United States v. Crutchley,
F.2d 1195 (3d Cir. 1975). It also includes closely related property
such as theft by false pretenses. See Morgan v. United
F.2d 686 (9th Cir. 1967), cert. denied, 390 U.S. 962 (1968).
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