A.  General Provisions

B.  Definition of Offenses


Enactment.  Chapter 39 was added December 6, 1972, P.L.1482, No.334, effective in six months.

Cross References.  Chapter 39 is referred to in sections 911, 9122.1 of this title; section 2303 of Title 44 (Law and Justice); section 2905 of Title 66 (Public Utilities).







3901.  Definitions.

3902.  Consolidation of theft offenses.

3903.  Grading of theft offenses.

3904.  Arrest without warrant.


§ 3901.  Definitions.

Subject to additional definitions contained in subsequent provisions of this chapter which are applicable to specific provisions of this chapter, the following words and phrases when used in this chapter shall have, unless the context clearly indicates otherwise, the meanings given to them in this section:


(1)  To withhold property of another permanently or for so extended a period as to appropriate a major portion of its economic value, or with intent to restore only upon payment of reward or other compensation; or

(2)  to dispose of the property so as to make it unlikely that the owner will recover it.

"Financial institution."  A bank, insurance company, credit union, building and loan association, investment trust or other organization held out to the public as a place of deposit of funds or medium of savings or collective investment.

"Firearm."  Any weapon that is designed to or may readily be converted to expel any projectile by the action of an explosive or the frame or receiver of any such weapon.

"Government."  The United States, any state, county, municipality, or other political unit, or any department, agency or subdivision of any of the foregoing, or any corporation or other association carrying out the functions of government.

"Movable property."  Property the location of which can be changed, including things growing on, affixed to, or found in land, and documents although the rights represented thereby have no physical location. "Immovable property" is all other property.


(1)  To bring about a transfer or purported transfer of legal interest in property, whether to the obtainer or another; or

(2)  in relation to labor or service, to secure performance thereof.

"Property."  Anything of value, including real estate, tangible and intangible personal property, contract rights, choses-in-action and other interests in or claims to wealth, admission or transportation tickets, captured or domestic animals, food and drink, electric or other power.

"Property of another."  Includes property in which any person other than the actor has an interest which the actor is not privileged to infringe, regardless of the fact that the actor also has an interest in the property and regardless of the fact that the other person might be precluded from civil recovery because the property was used in an unlawful transaction or was subject to forfeiture as contraband. Property in possession of the actor shall not be deemed property of another who has only a security interest therein, even if legal title is in the creditor pursuant to a conditional sales contract or other security agreement.


(July 17, 2007, P.L.139, No.41, eff. 60 days)


2007 Amendment.  Act 41 added the def. of "firearm."