Test Five & Appellate Brief
Petty Theft, under California Penal Code Sections 486, 487(a) and 488, is defined as, anything other than "When the money, labor, or real or personal property taken is of a value exceeding nine hundred fifty dollars ($950)...."
The elements of theft by larceny are well settled: the offense is committed by every person who (1) takes possession (2) of personal property (3) owned or possessed by another, (4) by means of trespass and (5) with intent to steal the property, and (6) carries the property away. (See, e.g., People v. Earle (1963) 222 Cal. App. 2d 476, 477-478 [35 Cal. Rptr. 265]; People v. Edwards (1925) 72 Cal. App. 102, 112-116 [236 P. 944]; CALJIC