Steal Law and Legal Definition

Steal means to take the property of another without right or permission. It can be taking of personal property illegally with the intent to keep it unlawfully. It also refers to taking something by larceny, embezzlement, or false pretenses.

The following is an example of a case law defining stealing:

'Stealing commonly refers to larceny and larceny is the unlawful taking or carrying away of the goods of another with the intent to convert them to your use.' [United States v. Kemble, 197 F.2d 316 (3d Cir. N.J. 1952)]