The sneaky thief is quite a straightforward symbol, warning us of loss, of something we value and hold dear being taken away, of someone close to us abandoning us or of an object we so fondly cling to disappearing, perhaps never to be held again. If the card is in front or above the significator, it may be possible to recover what is lost. If Theft however is positioned behind or underneath the main character card, all chances are that the loss is permanent and all hope of retrieval should be abandoned. This makes him akin to Mice in Lenormand.
Standing for dishonesty and seclusion, it sets the red light blinking and the alarm buzzing. Keep your eyes open and your ears perked up. The slippers on the thief’s feet denote someone familiar to us. You can never be too careful, especially in dealings with other people, and particularly those where money is involved. Whether as a product of ill intention or simple irresponsibility, the consequences can be dire regardless. To also mention its less sinister aspect – Theft can simply stand for missing someone dear. When reading about health, it can signal either malnutrition or an illness that is slowly creeping on us.