Robbery and larceny share some similarities, but there are differences to distinguish between the two crimes clearly. Each crime has different definitions, requirements, and penalties. Larceny can be described as merely the unlawful taking of property, and no acts of violence are committed. The penalties may range from no conviction to shorter periods of incarceration. However, robbery, on the other hand, requires two fundamental elements: the unlawful taking of property combined with an element of assault. The penalties for robbery may include long jail sentences of several years, depending on the level of aggravation.