2009 Connecticut Code
Title 53a Penal Code
Chapter 952 Penal Code: Offenses
Sec. 53a-123. Larceny in the second degree: Class C felony.

      Sec. 53a-123. Larceny in the second degree: Class C felony. (a) A person is guilty of larceny in the second degree when he commits larceny, as defined in section 53a-119, and: (1) The property consists of a motor vehicle, the value of which exceeds five thousand dollars, (2) the value of the property or service exceeds five thousand dollars, (3) the property, regardless of its nature or value, is taken from the person of another, (4) the property is obtained by defrauding a public community, and the value of such property is two thousand dollars or less, or (5) the property, regardless of its nature or value, is obtained by embezzlement, false pretenses or false promise and the victim of such larceny is sixty years of age or older or is blind or physically disabled, as defined in section 1-1f.

      (b) For purposes of this section, "motor vehicle" means any motor vehicle, construction equipment, agricultural tractor or farm implement or major component part of any of the above. In any prosecution under subdivision (1) of subsection (a) of this section, evidence of (1) forcible entry, (2) forcible removal of ignition, or (3) alteration, mutilation or removal of a vehicle identification number shall be prima facie evidence (A) that the person in control or possession of such motor vehicle knows or should have known that such motor vehicle is stolen, and (B) that such person possesses such motor vehicle with larcenous intent.

      (c) Larceny in the second degree is a class C felony.

      (1969, P.A. 828, S. 125; 1971, P.A. 871, S. 26; P.A. 73-639, S. 8; P.A. 81-248, S. 2; 81-263, S. 2; 81-351, S. 4; 81-472, S. 152, 159; P.A. 82-271, S. 2; P.A. 86-275, S. 2; P.A. 97-180; P.A. 00-103, S. 2.)

      History: 1971 act applied second degree larceny to cases where property is a motor vehicle and made second degree larceny a Class D felony rather than a Class A misdemeanor; P.A. 73-639 specified that taking property, regardless of its nature or value, from another's person is second degree larceny; P.A. 81-248 amended Subsec. (a) to clarify the proscribed conduct; P.A. 81-263 added Subsec. (a)(4) re property obtained by defrauding a public community where the value of the property is less than $2,000; P.A. 81-351 amended the definition of larceny of a motor vehicle to that with a value of $2,000 or less, inserted new Subsec. (b) enumerating conditions constituting prima facie evidence of a larcenous intent in regard to motor vehicles and relettered former Subsec. (b) accordingly; P.A. 81-472 made technical corrections; P.A. 82-271 amended Subsec. (a)(2) by increasing from $500 to $5,000 the value of the property or service obtained and amended Subsec. (c) by changing the classification from a class D to a class C felony; P.A. 86-275 amended Subsec. (a)(1) to increase the value of a motor vehicle subject to the section from $2,000 or less to a value which exceeds $5,000; P.A. 97-180 added Subsec. (a)(5) re property obtained by embezzlement, false pretenses or false promise from an aged, blind or disabled victim; P.A. 00-103 made technical changes in Subsecs. (a) and (b) and amended Subsec. (b) by defining "motor vehicle" and by adding provisions re prima facie evidence of knowledge that vehicle is stolen and possession of vehicle with larcenous intent.

      Cited. 173 C. 545. Cited. 182 C. 176. Cited. 183 C. 386. Cited. 188 C. 542. Cited. 190 C. 559. Cited. 194 C. 438; Id., 650. Cited. 196 C. 305; Id., 567. Cited. 197 C. 166; Id., 201; Id., 247; Id., 309. Cited. 198 C. 1. Cited. 199 C. 30; Id., 308; Id., 462. Cited. 200 C. 113. Cited. 202 C. 615. Cited. 203 C. 484. Cited. 209 C. 23. Cited. 213 C. 233. Cited. 216 C. 273. Cited. 235 C. 679. Cited. 241 C. 439.

      Cited. 2 CA 537. Cited. 5 CA 113. Cited. 7 CA 326. Cited. 8 CA 125; Id., 478. Cited. 9 CA 349. Cited. 13 CA 420; Id., 576; Id., 596. Secs. 53a-122-53a-125b cited. 14 CA 272. Cited. Id., 472. Cited. 16 CA 433. Cited. 17 CA 460. Cited. 19 CA 495. Cited. 20 CA 271; Id., 369. Cited. 21 CA 248. Cited. 29 CA 843. Cited. 35 CA 566; Id., 714. Cited. 39 CA 810. Cited. 44 CA 187; Id., 294. Cited. 46 CA 691. Since statute's language includes both taking of property and subsequent retention of the stolen property, to charge defendant with two counts of larceny is improper; they are not separately punishable and to so charge violates defendant's constitutional guarantee against double jeopardy. 100 CA 565.

      Requisites for accepting plea of guilty. 31 CS 501. Cited. 32 CS 650. Cited. 35 CS 531. Cited. 38 CS 549.

      Subsec. (a):

      Subdiv. (2) cited. 169 C. 247. Cited. 174 C. 129. Subdiv. (3) cited. Id., 129. Subdiv. (1) cited. 178 C. 427; Id., 689. Subdiv. (2) cited. 181 C. 299. Subdiv. (1) cited. 182 C. 476; 186 C. 426. Subdiv. (2) cited. 187 C. 264; 188 C. 325; Id., 671; 190 C. 191; 191 C. 180. Subdiv. (1) cited. 195 C. 421; 196 C. 36. Subdiv. (2) cited. Id. Subdiv. (1) cited. Id., 115. Subdiv. (2) cited. 198 C. 203. Subdiv. (1) cited. Id., 490. Subdiv. (2) cited. Id.; 200 C. 9. Subdiv. (1) cited. 201 C. 462. Subdiv. (2) cited. 206 C. 657. Cited. 207 C. 118. Subdiv. (1) cited. 208 C. 365; 210 C. 652. Subdiv. (3) cited. 211 C. 101. Subdiv. (2) cited. 212 C. 223. Subdiv. (1) cited. 213 C. 422; 215 C. 716. Subdiv. (3) cited. 219 C. 160; 220 C. 487; 223 C. 243. Subdiv. (1) cited. 232 C. 455. Subdiv. (2) cited. 233 C. 552. Subdiv. (3) cited. 235 C. 67. Subdiv. (1) cited. 238 C. 784. Cited. 239 C. 235. Subdiv. (3) cited. 240 C. 317. Subdiv. (3): Rational basis exists for legislature to classify larceny from the person as a more serious offense than simple robbery and therefore the classification did not violate defendant's right to equal protection of the laws. 246 C. 132. For defendant to be found guilty of larceny in the third degree, state must prove that defendant committed larceny by defrauding a public community. 252 C. 229.

      Subdiv. (2) cited. 1 CA 270. Subdiv. (3) cited. Id., 378, 379. Subdiv. (3): Larceny from the person requires an actual trespass to the person of the victim and therefore taking a radio which was in the vicinity of the victim, but not on the victim's person, did not constitute larceny under this section. 1 CA 642. Subdiv. (3) cited. 3 CA 126. Subdiv. (3) cited. 8 CA 491; 11 CA 102; 12 CA 239. Subdiv. (1) cited. Id., 408. Subdiv. (3) cited. Id., 685. Subdiv. (1) cited. 13 CA 12. Subdiv. (2) cited. Id., 554. Subdiv. (1) cited. 14 CA 169. Cited. Id., 493. Subdiv. (3) cited. 20 CA 513. Subdiv. (2) cited. 24 CA 697. Subdiv. (1) cited. 26 CA 52. Subdiv. (3) cited. Id., 114. Subdiv. (1) cited. Id., 279. Subdiv. (2) cited. 28 CA 306; 30 CA 606. Subdiv. (3) cited. 31 CA 47. Subdiv. (2) cited. Id., 94. Subdiv. (3) cited. Id., 312; 32 CA 21; 33 CA 468. Subdiv. (2) cited. 34 CA 250. Subdiv. (3) cited. Id., 610. Subdiv. (4) cited. Id., 699. Subdiv. (3) cited. 35 CA 740. Subdiv. (2) cited. 38 CA 643. Cited. 39 CA 579. Subdiv. (1) cited. Id., 840. Subdiv. (3) cited. Id. Subdiv. (1) cited. 40 CA 21. Subdiv. (3) cited. 41 CA 391; Id., 584. Subdiv. (1) cited. Id., 817. Subdiv. (3) cited. Id.; 42 CA 810. Subdiv. (2) cited. 46 CA 414. Cited. Id., 616. Subdiv. (3) cited. Id. Court found that money was "taken from the person of the victim" in case in which victim was tricked into turning over her money to defendant. 56 CA 428. Subdiv. (3): Wrongfully taking property from the person of another constitutes a trespass of the person, and such a taking from the person constitutes larceny in the second degree. 95 CA 248. Larceny in second degree under this section is not ordinarily lesser included offense of robbery for purposes of double jeopardy. 109 CA 74.

      Subdiv. (1) cited. 36 CS 603. Subdiv. (2) cited. Id.; 37 CS 527.


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