senate Bill S741

2013-2014 Legislative Session

Establishes a person is guilty of grand larceny in the fourth degree when he or she steals property and is in possession of an anti-security item

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Apr 29, 2013 referred to codes
delivered to assembly
passed senate
Apr 24, 2013 advanced to third reading
Apr 23, 2013 2nd report cal.
Apr 22, 2013 1st report cal.379
Jan 09, 2013 referred to codes

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S741 - Bill Details

Current Committee:
Law Section:
Penal Law
Laws Affected:
Amd ยงยง155.30 & 170.47, Pen L
Versions Introduced in Previous Legislative Sessions:
2011-2012: S527
2009-2010: S33

S741 - Bill Texts

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Establishes a person is guilty of grand larceny in the fourth degree when he or she steals property and is in possession of an anti-security item; makes criminal possession of an anti-security item a class A misdemeanor.

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BILL NUMBER:S741

TITLE OF BILL:
An act
to amend the penal law, in relation to the possession of anti-security
items

PURPOSE:
Enhance penalty for theft of property by a person who possesses an
item designed to block or otherwise override security markings, tags,
or attachments placed on property offered for sale in a retail
mercantile establishment.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:
Section 1. Adds a new subdivision 12 to Section 155.30 of the Penal
Law to define "anti-security device" and render it a crime to use
same in theft of property.

Section 2. Amends Section 170.47 of the Penal Law to tender it a class
A misdemeanor to possess an anti-security device with intent to use
the same to steal property at a retail mercantile establishment.

Section 3. Effective date: November 1 next succeeding the date on
which it shall have become law.

JUSTIFICATION:
Organized retail theft is the most serious security issue facing many
retail merchants, including apparel and accessory retailers, mass
merchandisers, do-it-yourself stores, drug stores, and supermarkets.
It's a crime that has grown substantially over the past decade,
nearly unabated.
Estimates from retail and law enforcement suggest the annual loss to
organized retail theft in all retail sectors combines to reach some
$25 billion. Retailers are forced to offset these significant costs
through higher prices - meaning that honest consumers are forced to
endure the impact of organized retail theft and professional
shoplifters.

Professional shoplifters who steal apparel and accessories usually
shoplift for a fence that either sells the goods to a higher-level
fence or sells the goods himself in a businesslike setting. Theft
rings tend to focus on over-the-counter drugs, pain relievers, health
and beauty aids, and clothing of all kinds. These items have
considerable value and are easily resold to other retailers or in
stores the criminal fences operate. The merchandise is always in
demand; most of the items a:e fairly small and easy to conceal on
the person or in so-called "booster bags."

"Booster bags" are crafted to hide stolen merchandise from security
devices, theft sensors, and similar units installed by retailers to
guard against the theft of merchandise. The bags can be as
rudimentary as a simple shopping bag lined with aluminum foil, or
fashioned to be more complex and difficult to detect. Whatever the
quality, the bags are crafted so that they will block or otherwise
override the store's security system, hiding the stolen merchandise
and allowing the shoplifter a clean exit from the store.


This legislation would enhance the criminal penalty against a person
who uses a "booster bag" or other such item designed to override a
retail establishment's security system in order to steal merchandise
from that store. It is an important step forward in helping retailers
in New York State curtail the growing problem of organized retail
theft and professional shoplifting.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:
2011-2012: Passed the Senate (S.527/A.8562)
2009-2010: Referred to Codes (S.33/A.1276)
2007-2008: Passed the Senate (S.5153/A.9094)

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:
None.

EFFECTIVE DATE:
On the first of November next succeeding the date on which it shall
have become a law.

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                    S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
________________________________________________________________________

                                   741

                       2013-2014 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                               (PREFILED)

                             January 9, 2013
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sens.  FUSCHILLO,  LARKIN,  MAZIARZ, RANZENHOFER -- read
  twice and ordered printed, and when printed to  be  committed  to  the
  Committee on Codes

AN ACT to amend the penal law, in relation to the possession of anti-se-
  curity items

  THE  PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM-
BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:

  Section 1. Section 155.30 of the penal law is amended by adding a  new
subdivision 12 to read as follows:
  12.  THE  PROPERTY  IS  TAKEN  BY  A PERSON WHO IS IN POSSESSION OF AN
ANTI-SECURITY ITEM. FOR THE PURPOSES OF THIS SUBDIVISION AN "ANTI-SECUR-
ITY ITEM" IS DEFINED AS AN ITEM DESIGNED FOR THE PURPOSE  OF  OVERCOMING
DETECTION OF SECURITY MARKINGS OR ATTACHMENTS PLACED ON PROPERTY OFFERED
FOR SALE AT SUCH AN ESTABLISHMENT.
  S  2.  Section 170.47 of the penal law, as added by chapter 580 of the
laws of 1983, is amended to read as follows:
S 170.47 Criminal possession of an anti-security item.
  A person is guilty of criminal possession of  an  anti-security  item,
when  with intent to steal property at a retail mercantile establishment
as defined in article twelve-B of the general business law, he knowingly
possesses in such an establishment an item designed for the  purpose  of
overcoming detection of security markings or attachments placed on prop-
erty offered for sale at such an establishment.
  Criminal  possession  of an anti-security item is a class [B] A misde-
meanor.
  S 3. This act shall take effect on the first of November next succeed-
ing the date on which it shall have become a law.


 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD01316-01-3

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