Organized retail theft; establishes as a crime, report, penalty. (HB1885)

Introduced By

Del. Kathy Byron (R-Lynchburg) with support from co-patron Del. Ellen Campbell (R-Rockbridge)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Organized retail theft; report; penalty. Establishes the crime of organized retail theft that makes it a Class 3 felony for any person who conspires or acts in concert with another person to commit simple larceny of retail property from one or more retail mercantile establishments, with a value exceeding $5,000 aggregated over a 90-day period, with the intent to sell such retail property for monetary or other gain, and who takes or causes such retail property to be placed in the control of a retail property fence or other person and either (i) receives or possesses any retail property that has been obtained by simple larceny from one or more retail mercantile establishments while knowing or having reasonable grounds to believe the property was unlawfully obtained or (ii) conspires or acts in concert with two or more other persons as an organizer, supervisor, financier, leader, or manager to engage for profit in a scheme or course of conduct to effectuate the transfer or sale of property obtained by simple larceny from one or more retail mercantile establishments. The bill defines the terms retail mercantile establishment, retail property, and retail property fence. The bill also establishes the Organized Retail Crime Fund to be administered by the Attorney General solely for the purposes of awarding grants to attorneys for the Commonwealth and law-enforcement agencies to investigate, indict, and prosecute violations of organized retail theft and associated fraud and property crimes. This bill is identical to SB 1396. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/10/2023Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/11/23 23101037D
01/10/2023Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/23/2023Impact statement from VCSC (HB1885)
01/24/2023Assigned Courts sub: Subcommittee #1
01/25/2023Subcommittee recommends reporting (7-Y 1-N)
01/25/2023Subcommittee recommends referring to Committee on Appropriations
01/27/2023Reported from Courts of Justice (15-Y 5-N) (see vote tally)
01/27/2023Referred to Committee on Appropriations
01/27/2023Assigned App. sub: Transportation & Public Safety
01/28/2023Impact statement from DPB (HB1885)
01/30/2023Subcommittee recommends reporting (8-Y 0-N)
01/30/2023Reported from Appropriations (16-Y 6-N) (see vote tally)
02/01/2023Read first time
02/02/2023Read second time and engrossed
02/03/2023Passed by for the day
02/06/2023Read third time and passed House (52-Y 47-N)
02/06/2023VOTE: Passage (52-Y 47-N) (see vote tally)
02/07/2023Constitutional reading dispensed
02/07/2023Referred to Committee on the Judiciary
02/15/2023Reported from Judiciary with substitute (14-Y 0-N 1-A) (see vote tally)
02/15/2023Committee substitute printed 23106924D-S1
02/15/2023Rereferred to Finance and Appropriations
02/16/2023Impact statement from VCSC (HB1885S1)
02/16/2023Reported from Finance and Appropriations (16-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/20/2023Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/21/2023Read third time
02/21/2023Reading of substitute waived
02/21/2023Committee substitute agreed to 23106924D-S1
02/21/2023Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute HB1885S1
02/21/2023Passed Senate with substitute (32-Y 7-N) (see vote tally)
02/22/2023Impact statement from DPB (HB1885S1)
02/22/2023Senate substitute agreed to by House 23106924D-S1 (51-Y 46-N)
02/22/2023VOTE: Adoption (51-Y 46-N) (see vote tally)
02/22/2023Reconsideration of Senate substitute agreed to by House
02/22/2023Senate substitute agreed to by House (52-Y 45-N)
02/22/2023VOTE: Adoption #2 (52-Y 45-N) (see vote tally)
03/07/2023Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB1885ER)
03/07/2023Impact statement from DPB (HB1885ER)
03/08/2023Signed by Speaker
03/08/2023Signed by President
03/13/2023Enrolled Bill communicated to Governor on March 13, 2023
03/13/2023G Governor's Action Deadline 11:59 p.m., March 27, 2023
03/23/2023G Approved by Governor-Chapter 357 (effective 7/1/23)
03/23/2023G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0357)

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