Larceny of Leased or Rented Personal Property

Larceny of leased or rented personal property is a criminal offense governed by Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 266 Section 87. Before a person can be convicted of this crime, the government has to prove the following three elements beyond a reasonable doubt:

  1. The defendant either leased or rented personal property.

  2. The defendant did one of the following:

    • Concealed any amount of that property
    • Aided or abetted in concealing the property
    • Failed to return the property within 10 days of expiration of the rental or lease period (this can be considered in determining the issue of intent)
    • Sold or gave away the property without the owner's consent

  3. In doing so, the defendant intended to put the property beyond the owner's control. This can be proven through evidence that the defendant gave false, misleading or outdated information, such as name, address, or employer information.


Larceny of leased or rented personal property is punishable by a fine of up to $1,000 or up to one year in jail, or both. If found guilty, one must also make restitution for any financial losses.

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If you have been charged with larceny of leased or rented personal property, contact the Law Office of Robert J. Wheeler, Jr. at (617) 973 5858. Attorney Wheeler's office can be reached 24 hours a day and 7 days a week, and he also invites prospective clients to e-mail him for prompt responses. With Attorney Wheeler's representation, you will have the best chance of success. He has a proven history of excellent results in all criminal cases. Attorney Wheeler offers free and confidential telephone consultations, so you have nothing to lose by speaking with him about your rights and options.