Organized Retail Theft

Sec. 31.16.  ORGANIZED RETAIL THEFT.  (a)  Repealed by Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., R.S., Ch. 323, Sec. 4, eff. September 1, 2011.

(b)  A person commits an offense if the person intentionally conducts, promotes, or facilitates an activity in which the person receives, possesses, conceals, stores, barters, sells, or disposes of:

(1)  stolen retail merchandise; or

(2)  merchandise explicitly represented to the person as being stolen retail merchandise.

(c)  An offense under this section is:download full film A Walk Among the Tombstones

(1)  a Class B misdemeanor if the total value of the merchandise involved in the activity is less than $50;

(2)  a Class A misdemeanor if the total value of the merchandise involved in the activity is $50 or more but less than $500;

(3)  a state jail felony if the total value of the merchandise involved in the activity is $500 or more but less than $1,500;

(4)  a felony of the third degree if the total value of the merchandise involved in the activity is $1,500 or more but less than $20,000;

(5)  a felony of the second degree if the total value of the merchandise involved in the activity is $20,000 or more but less than $100,000; or

(6)  a felony of the first degree if the total value of the merchandise involved in the activity is $100,000 or more.

(d)  An offense described for purposes of punishment by Subsections (c)(1)-(5) is increased to the next higher category of offense if it is shown on the trial of the offense that:

(1)  the person organized, supervised, financed, or managed one or more other persons engaged in an activity described by Subsection (b); or

(2)  during the commission of the offense, a person engaged in an activity described by Subsection (b) intentionally, knowingly, or recklessly:

(A)  caused a fire exit alarm to sound or otherwise become activated;

(B)  deactivated or otherwise prevented a fire exit alarm or retail theft detector from sounding; or

(C)  used a shielding or deactivation instrument to prevent or attempt to prevent detection of the offense by a retail theft detector.

(e)  Repealed by Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., R.S., Ch. 323, Sec. 4, eff. September 1, 2011.

Added by Acts 2007, 80th Leg., R.S., Ch. 1274, Sec. 1, eff. September 1, 2007.

Amended by:

Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., R.S., Ch. 323, Sec. 3, eff. September 1, 2011.

Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., R.S., Ch. 323, Sec. 4, eff. September 1, 2011.

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