Larceny by Stealing In A Building

Larceny by stealing in a building is a crime under Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 266 Section 20. In order to be convicted of larceny by stealing in a building, the government has to prove the following four elements beyond a reasonable doubt:

  1. The defendant took property and carried it away. "Taking and carrying away" just means that the property was moved from the place where it was kept. This element can be satisfied even if the movement was slight or short lived. "Property" can mean personal property, money, notes, data, domesticated animals, and more.

  2. That property, by being in a building, was being kept safe. The property must be protected by a building and not a specific person. Buildings can include ships, railroad cars and vessels.

  3. The property belonged to a person other than the defendant. The government does not have to establish the identity of the person who owned the property as long as it can prove that the defendant did not own the property. An owner of property can be anyone who has actual or constructive possession.

  4. The defendant intended to deprive the owner of the property permanently.


Larceny by stealing from a building is punishable by up to 5 years in the state prison or by up to 2 years in jail or by a fine of up to $500.

Theft Crimes Defense Attorney

Robert J. Wheeler, Jr. has more than 30 years of experience defending persons who have been accused of larceny by stealing in a building and all other crimes. Over the years, he has developed a complete expertise of all aspects of criminal practice and law. Robert Wheeler approaches criminal cases with a strategic eye and aggressive advocacy. He works non-stop for each and every client, and he is always completely honest. If you have been accused of larceny by stealing in a building, contact Robert J. Wheeler, Jr.

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The Law Office of Robert J. Wheeler, Jr. is located in Boston, and Attorney Wheeler successfully handles criminal matters in courts throughout all of Massachusetts. If you have any questions about larceny by stealing in a building or any other criminal charge, do not wait to consult with Robert Wheeler. You can reach his office by calling (617) 973 5858 (24 hours a day and 7 days a week) or you can send him an e-mail.