Grand larceny; threshold. (HB244)

Introduced By

Sen. Scott Surovell (D-Mount Vernon) with support from co-patron Del. Marcus Simon (D-Falls Church)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Grand larceny; threshold. Increases from $200 to $500 the threshold amount of money taken or value of goods or chattel taken at which the crime rises from petit larceny to grand larceny. The bill increases the threshold by the same amount for the classification of certain property crimes. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


12/29/2013Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/14 14100788D
12/29/2013Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/10/2014Assigned Courts sub: Criminal
01/13/2014Subcommittee recommends laying on the table
02/12/2014Left in Courts of Justice


ACLU-VA Legislative Agenda, tracking this bill in Photosynthesis, notes:

The ACLU of Virginia strongly supports an increase in the felony larceny threshold. The legislature set a $200 threshold in 1980 and has not adjusted it since. Adjusted for inflation, the current threshold would be approximately $565. A majority of states have set their felony larceny threshold at $1000 or more, including Georgia, South Carolina, Texas, Arkansas, Kansas, and North Carolina. Adjusting the threshold would not increase theft or harm public safety, but would save Virginia taxpayers millions annually.