Massachusetts state law defines theft or larceny as the act of taking possession of another individual's property without the owner's consent or via deception . The Charge of Receiving Stolen Property is similar to larceny /theft charges in that involves an individual accused of possessing items he knows have been stolen or taking possession of/using without consent the property of owner. Larceny/Receiving Stolen Property charges vary in severity, based on the details of a particular case and the value of the item taken. Types of theft charges commonly filed may include : Identity theft, in which an individual intentionally uses, takes or manufactures the personal identification documents of another person. Identify theft charges will vary in severity depending on the value of property obtained during the act of identity theft. Shoplifting / Retail theft, in which someone steals a piece of property from a retail store. Also known as shoplifting, retail theft may be filed as a felony or misdemeanor, depending on the value of property taken and the defendant's criminal record.