CRIMES CODE (18 PA.C.S.) - AMEND RETAIL THEFT
                 Act of Dec. 20, 1996, P.L. 1530, No. 200             Cl. 18
                             Session of 1996
                               No. 1996-200

     HB 2348

                                  AN ACT

     Amending Title 18 (Crimes and Offenses) of the Pennsylvania
        Consolidated Statutes, further providing for retail theft.

        The General Assembly of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
     hereby enacts as follows:

        Section 1.  Section 3929(b)(1) of Title 18 of the
     Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes is amended by adding a
     subparagraph to read:
      § 3929.  Retail theft.
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        (b)  Grading.--
            (1)  Retail theft constitutes a:
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                (v)  Felony of the third degree when the amount
            involved exceeds $2,000 or if the merchandise involved is
            a firearm or a motor vehicle.
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        Section 2.  This act shall take effect in 60 days.

     APPROVED--The 20th day of December, A. D. 1996.

     THOMAS J. RIDGE