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570.030. 1. A person commits the crime of stealing if he or sheappropriates property or services of another with the purpose to deprivehim or her thereof, either without his or her consent or by means of deceitor coercion.

2. Evidence of the following is admissible in any criminalprosecution pursuant to this section on the issue of the requisiteknowledge or belief of the alleged stealer:

(1) That he or she failed or refused to pay for property or servicesof a hotel, restaurant, inn or boardinghouse;

(2) That he or she gave in payment for property or services of ahotel, restaurant, inn or boardinghouse a check or negotiable paper onwhich payment was refused;

(3) That he or she left the hotel, restaurant, inn or boardinghousewith the intent to not pay for property or services;

(4) That he or she surreptitiously removed or attempted to remove hisor her baggage from a hotel, inn or boardinghouse;

(5) That he or she, with intent to cheat or defraud a retailer,possesses, uses, utters, transfers, makes, alters, counterfeits, orreproduces a retail sales receipt, price tag, or universal price codelabel, or possesses with intent to cheat or defraud, the device thatmanufactures fraudulent receipts or universal price code labels.

3. Notwithstanding any other provision of law, any offense in whichthe value of property or services is an element is a class C felony if:

(1) The value of the property or services appropriated is fivehundred dollars or more but less than twenty-five thousand dollars; or

(2) The actor physically takes the property appropriated from theperson of the victim; or

(3) The property appropriated consists of:

(a) Any motor vehicle, watercraft or aircraft; or

(b) Any will or unrecorded deed affecting real property; or

(c) Any credit card or letter of credit; or

(d) Any firearms; or

(e) Any explosive weapon as defined in section 571.010, RSMo; or

(f) A United States national flag designed, intended and used fordisplay on buildings or stationary flagstaffs in the open; or

(g) Any original copy of an act, bill or resolution, introduced oracted upon by the legislature of the state of Missouri; or

(h) Any pleading, notice, judgment or any other record or entry ofany court of this state, any other state or of the United States; or

(i) Any book of registration or list of voters required by chapter115, RSMo; or

(j) Any animal considered livestock as that term is defined insection 144.010, RSMo; or

(k) Live fish raised for commercial sale with a value of seventy-fivedollars; or

(l) Captive wildlife held under permit issued by the conservationcommission; or

(m) Any controlled substance as defined by section 195.010, RSMo; or

(n) Anhydrous ammonia;

(o) Ammonium nitrate; or

(p) Any document of historical significance which has fair marketvalue of five hundred dollars or more.

4. If an actor appropriates any material with a value less than fivehundred dollars in violation of this section with the intent to use suchmaterial to manufacture, compound, produce, prepare, test or analyzeamphetamine or methamphetamine or any of their analogues, then suchviolation is a class C felony. The theft of any amount of anhydrousammonia or liquid nitrogen, or any attempt to steal any amount of anhydrousammonia or liquid nitrogen, is a class B felony. The theft of any amountof anhydrous ammonia by appropriation of a tank truck, tank trailer, railtank car, bulk storage tank, field (nurse) tank or field applicator is aclass A felony.

5. The theft of any item of property or services pursuant tosubsection 3 of this section which exceeds five hundred dollars may beconsidered a separate felony and may be charged in separate counts.

6. Any person with a prior conviction of paragraph* (j) or (l) ofsubdivision (3) of subsection 3 of this section and who violates theprovisions of paragraph* (j) or (l) of subdivision (3) of subsection 3 ofthis section when the value of the animal or animals stolen exceeds threethousand dollars is guilty of a class B felony. Notwithstanding anyprovision of law to the contrary, such person shall serve a minimum prisonterm of not less than eighty percent of his or her sentence before he orshe is eligible for probation, parole, conditional release, or other earlyrelease by the department of corrections.

7. Any offense in which the value of property or services is anelement is a class B felony if the value of the property or services equalsor exceeds twenty-five thousand dollars.

8. Any violation of this section for which no other penalty isspecified in this section is a class A misdemeanor.

(L. 1977 S.B. 60, A.L. 1981 S.B. 202, A.L. 1985 H.B. 333 & 64, A.L. 1996 S.B. 657, A.L. 1997 H.B. 635, A.L. 1998 H.B. 1147, et al., A.L. 2001 H.B. 471 merged with S.B. 89 & 37, A.L. 2002 H.B. 1888 merged with S.B. 712, A.L. 2003 S.B. 5, A.L. 2004 S.B. 1211, A.L. 2005 H.B. 353, A.L. 2009 H.B. 62)

*Word “paragraphs” appears in original rolls.


Child support, retention of erroneously paid support to be crime of stealing, when, RSMo 454.531