§ 3712.2.  Stripping abandoned vehicles.

(a)  Offense defined.--

(1)  Except as provided in paragraph (2), a person commits the offense of stripping an abandoned vehicle if the person intentionally removes any part of an abandoned vehicle.

(2)  Paragraph (1) does not apply if the person:

(i)  is the owner of the vehicle or the owner's agent; or

(ii)  is authorized to make the removal under Chapter 73 (relating to abandoned vehicles and cargos).

(b)  Penalties.--Any person violating subsection (a):

(1)  For a first offense, commits a misdemeanor of the third degree.

(2)  For a subsequent offense, commits a felony of the third degree.

(c)  Complaints.--In a case involving a violation of this section, the municipality in which the vehicle is located may file the complaint with the appropriate issuing authority.


(Dec. 9, 2002, P.L.1278, No.152, eff. 60 days)


2002 Amendment.  Act 152 added section 3712.2.