Grand larceny; increases threshold amount. (HB17)

Introduced By

Del. Patrick Hope (D-Arlington) with support from 20 copatrons, whose average partisan position is:

Those copatrons are Del. Dawn Adams (D-Richmond), Del. Hala Ayala (D-Woodbridge), Del. Betsy Carr (D-Richmond), Del. Lee Carter (D-Manassas), Del. Karrie Delaney (D-Centreville), Del. Kelly Fowler (D-Virginia Beach), Del. Elizabeth Guzman (D-Dale City), Del. Steve Heretick (D-Portsmouth), Del. Charniele Herring (D-Alexandria), Del. Jay Jones (D-Norfolk), Del. Kaye Kory (D-Falls Church), Del. Mark Levine (D-Alexandria), Del. Joe Lindsey (D-Norfolk), Del. Alfonso Lopez (D-Arlington), Del. Ken Plum (D-Reston), Del. Sam Rasoul (D-Roanoke), Del. Debra Rodman (D-Henrico), Del. Marcus Simon (D-Falls Church), Del. Roslyn Tyler (D-Jarratt), Sen. Jennifer Boysko (D-Herndon)


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


11/20/2017Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/10/18 18100443D
11/20/2017Referred to Committee on Rules
01/17/2018Impact statement from DPB (HB17)
02/01/2018Referred from Rules
02/01/2018Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
02/12/2018Left in Courts of Justice

Duplicate Bills

The following bills are identical to this one: SB105, SB220, HB1313 and SB472.


Carolyn Caywood writes:

The Effects of Changing Felony Theft Thresholds

More evidence that higher values have not led to increased property crime or larceny rates

Mark Peterson writes:

The absurdly low threshold for this felony leads to an over-criminalization of essentially petty thefts. Therefore, not only should it pass, the threshold could be raised even higher due to inflation. MDP

Juliet Hiznay writes:

This is an extremely important bill. The threshold hasn't been changed since 1980 and is the lowest in the country.

ACLU-VA Criminal Justice, tracking this bill in Photosynthesis, notes:

The ACLU of VA supports increasing the Felony Larceny threshold to $1,500. While this bill is a step in the right direction, increasing it to $500 does not even keep up with inflation, which would put the threshold closer to $600 compared to 1980s dollar amount (which is the last time the threshold was increased)

robert legge writes:

Shouldn't it be automatically increased to be tied to future inflation?