The unlawful taking and removing of another's personal property with the intent of permanently depriving the owner; theft.http://www.bartleby.com/61/5/L0050500.html
larceny noun (larcenies) law, old use theft of personal property. larcenous adj.
ETYMOLOGY: 15c: from French larcinhttp://www.chambersharrap.co.uk/chambers/chre...
noun [C or U] LEGAL
stealing, especially (in the US) the crime of taking something that does not belong to you, without getting illegally into a building to do sohttp://dictionary.cambridge.org/define.asp?ke...
heimliche Entwendung fremden Eigentums
for the normal usage there appears to be a subtle AE/BE difference here.
Chambers and Cambridge refer to it as simply stealing, albeit Chambers refers to 'personal property', and Cambridge says the US usage reflects the illegal entry into a building
whereas AHD broadens the meaning to include permanent deprival without reference to buildings at all
common to all three is the idea of stealing something belonging to the personal property of someone else.
here, dwds.de has basically the same meaning for Diebstahl.
barring some legal contradictions, supported for the 'everyday' usage.