TITLE 18 - CRIMES AND CRIMINAL PROCEDURE
PART I - CRIMES
CHAPTER 31 - EMBEZZLEMENT AND THEFT
Sec. 661. Within special maritime and territorial jurisdiction
Whoever, within the special maritime and territorial jurisdiction
of the United States, takes and carries away, with intent to steal
or purloin, any personal property of another shall be punished as
If the property taken is of a value exceeding $1,000, or is taken
from the person of another, by a fine under this title, or
imprisonment for not more than five years, or both; in all other
cases, by a fine under this title or by imprisonment not more than
one year, or both.
If the property stolen consists of any evidence of debt, or other
written instrument, the amount of money due thereon, or secured to
be paid thereby and remaining unsatisfied, or which in any
contingency might be collected thereon, or the value of the
property the title to which is shown thereby, or the sum which
might be recovered in the absence thereof, shall be the value of
the property stolen.
(June 25, 1948, ch. 645, 62 Stat. 731; Pub. L. 103-322, title
XXXIII, Sec. 330016(1)(H), (K), Sept. 13, 1994, 108 Stat. 2147;
Pub. L. 104-294, title VI, Secs. 601(a)(3), 606(a), Oct. 11, 1996,
110 Stat. 3498, 3511.)
HISTORICAL AND REVISION NOTES
Based on title 18, U.S.C., 1940 ed., Sec. 466 (Mar. 4, 1909, ch.
321, Sec. 287, 35 Stat. 1144).
Words "within the special maritime and territorial jurisdiction
of the United States" were inserted to conform with section 7 of
this title. (See reviser's note under that section.)
The maximum fine and imprisonment provisions were modified and
"five years" and "$5,000" substituted for "ten years" and "$10,000"
and the sum of $100 was substituted for $50 as more in accord with
other sections of this chapter. (See section 641 of this title.)
Minor changes were made in phraseology.
1996 - Pub. L. 104-294, in second par., substituted "$1,000" for
"$100" and substituted "fine under this title" for "fine of under
this title" in two places.
1994 - Pub. L. 103-322, in second par., substituted "under this
title" for "not more than $5,000" after "another, by a fine of" and
for "not more than $1,000" after "cases, by a fine of".
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