One who has been guilty of larceny or theft. The term covers both compound and simple larceny.
Law Dictionary – Alternative Legal Definition
By this word is understood every object, except man, which may become an active subject of right. In this sense it is opposed, in the language of the law, to the word persons. 2. Things, by the common raw, are divided into, 1. Things real, which are such as are permanent, fixed and immovable, and which cannot be carried from place to place; they are usually said to consist in lands, tenements and hereditaments. Things personal, include all sorts of things movable which attend a man’s person wherever he goes. Things personal include not only things movable, but also something more, the whole of which is generally comprehended under the name of chattels. Chattels are distinguished into two kinds, namely, chattels real and chattels personal. See Chattel.