Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania

SHOPLIFTING LAWS DEFINED

§ 3929. Retail theft.

(a)  Offense defined.--A person is guilty of a retail theft if he:

(1)  takes possession of, carries away, transfers or causes to be carried away or transferred, any merchandise displayed, held, stored or offered for sale by any store or other retail mercantile establishment with the intention of depriving the merchant of the possession, use or benefit of such merchandise without paying the full retail value thereof;

(2)  alters, transfers or removes any label, price tag marking, indicia of value or any other markings which aid in determining value affixed to any merchandise displayed, held, stored or offered for sale in a store or other retail mercantile establishment and attempts to purchase such merchandise personally or in consort with another at less than the full retail value with the intention of depriving the merchant of the full retail value of such merchandise;

(3)  transfers any merchandise displayed, held, stored or offered for sale by any store or other retail mercantile establishment from the container in or on which the same shall be displayed to any other container with intent to deprive the merchant of all or some part of the full retail value thereof; or

(4)  under-rings with the intention of depriving the merchant of the full retail value of the merchandise.

(5)  destroys, removes, renders inoperative or deactivates any inventory control tag, security strip or any other mechanism designed or employed to prevent an offense under this section with the intention of depriving the merchant of the possession, use or benefit of such merchandise without paying the full retail value thereof...

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SHOPLIFTING CRIMINAL PENALTIES SUMMARY

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ChargeClassificationPenalty
Theft of merchandise valued at less than $150 with no prior record of related chargesSummary offense under §3929(b)(1)(i)Up to 90 days of jail time; fines up to $300
Theft of merchandise valued at less than $150 with one prior offenseSecond degree misdemeanor under §3929(b)(1)(ii)Up to two years of jail time; fines up to $5,000
Theft of merchandise valued at $150 or more with no more than one prior offenseFirst degree misdemeanor under §3929(b)(1)(iii)Up to five years of jail time; fines up to $10,000
Theft of merchandise with two prior convictions, regardless of the retail value of the merchandiseThird degree felony under §3929(b)(1)(iv)Up to seven years of jail time; fines up to $15,000
Theft of merchandise valued at more than $2,000, or theft of a firearmThird degree felony under §3929(b)(1)(v)Up to seven years of jail time; fines up to $15,000

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