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After a decade of declines, crime in Wyoming has started to tick back up over the last few years. The vast majority of crimes are property crimes, which include offenses such as burglary, theft, and motor vehicle theft. In 2016, for example, law enforcement officials recorded 16,670 crimes in the state – nearly 11,000 of those were property crimes. Of those property crimes, larceny and burglary were the top two offenses.
Any property crimes – especially those related to theft – can carry steep penalties that can forever alter your life. If you have been arrested for larceny, contact our Wyoming criminal lawyers in Cody at 307-527-7891 or complete our Free Case Evaluation form so we can help.

Types of Theft in Wyoming

There are many kinds of theft that are criminal offenses in the state of Wyoming, including:

  • Robbery – The taking or attempt to take anything of value from the care, custody, or control of a person or persons by force, or threat of force, or violence, by putting the victim in fear.
  • Burglary/Breaking and Entering – The unlawful entry of a structure to commit a felony or theft. This also includes attempted forcible entry.
  • Larceny – The unlawful taking, carrying, leading, or riding away of property from the possession or constructive possession of another. Examples are thefts of bicycles or automobile accessories, shoplifting, pocket-picking, or the stealing of any property or article which is not taken by force and violence or by fraud. Attempted larcenies is included.
  • Motor Vehicle Theft – The theft or attempted theft of a motor vehicle. A motor vehicle is self-propelled and runs on the surface and not on rails. Specifically excluded from this category are motorboats, construction equipment, airplanes, and farming equipment.
  • Embezzlement – Misappropriation or misapplication of money or property entrusted to one’s care, custody, or control.
  • Stolen Property (buying, receiving, possession) – Buying, receiving, and/or possessing stolen property.

The criminal penalties for larceny in Wyoming are based on the value of the stolen property. If the theft involves something valued at less than $1,000, it is considered a misdemeanor punishable by imprisonment of no more than six months and a fine of up to $750. However, if the theft involves property worth more than $1,000, it is upgraded to a felony, punishable imprisonment up to 10 years, and/or a fine of up to $10,000.

If you have been arrested for any crime related to theft, don’t try to navigate the state’s complicated criminal justice system on your own. Get legal help from a Burg Simpson criminal law lawyer by calling 307-527-7891.


If you are in trouble with the law over a theft-related criminal offense, do not attempt to negotiate with prosecutors on your own. You need the legal experience and resources of a criminal defense law firm. The Wyoming criminal lawyers at Burg Simpson can help. Call us today at 307-527-7891 or fill out our Free Case Evaluation Form right now.

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