SB19-014:Organized Retail Theft Prevention

Criminal Justice
Bill Number: HB19-014
Year: 2019
ACLU Position: Oppose
Sponsors: T. Carver /D. Coram

The bill creates the crime of retail theft with special circumstances
if a person commits theft from a store with one of the following special
• The person is, at the time of the theft, in possession of an
item, article, implement, or device used or designed to
overcome security systems, including but not limited to

lined bags or tag removers, under circumstances indicating
an intent to use or employ the item, article, implement, or
device for such purposes; or
• To facilitate the theft, the person utilizes an organized
effort of multiple persons to remove items from the store
with the intent to resell the items.
Retail theft with special circumstances is a class 5 felony.
The bill requires secondhand dealers who purchase gift cards to
keep a record of those purchases. Failure to record the purchases in an
electronic database is a class 2 misdemeanor for a first offense and a class
6 felony for a second or subsequent offense.
The bill adds a gift card to the definition of a valuable article,
which triggers certain record-keeping requirements.

Current Status:

Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Business, Labor, & Technology (01/04/2019)

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