Threshold for felony larceny could soon increase

Felony larceny threshold bill already passed through Mass. Senate

HOLYOKE, Mass. (WWLP) – Massachusetts lawmakers are considering raising the threshold for felony larceny.

Currently, any theft valued higher than $250 is considered a felony in Massachusetts, but the State Senate on Thursday passed a bill to raise that number to $1,500.

Local residents told 22News it cuts both ways. Crystal Colon of Holyoke said, “I honestly feel that bringing that up to $1,500 will allow more people to steal more often.”

Joan Erwin of South Hadley said, “250 is really too low to be a felony charge because people make mistakes. I’d hate to see people get put away for a felony with one mistake where they stole $251.”

Attorney General Maura Healy said it’s been nearly three decades since the Massachusetts increased the felony threshold. The bill now moves to the House.

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