Organized retail theft; establishes as a crime, report, penalty. (SB1396)

Introduced By

Sen. Richard Stuart (R-Westmoreland) with support from co-patron Sen. Bill DeSteph (R-Virginia Beach)


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 HB 1885. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/11/2023Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/11/23 23101935D
01/11/2023Referred to Committee on the Judiciary
01/12/2023Impact statement from VCSC (SB1396)
01/30/2023Senate committee, floor amendments and substitutes offered
01/30/2023Impact statement from DPB (SB1396)
01/30/2023Reported from Judiciary with substitute (14-Y 1-N) (see vote tally)
01/30/2023Incorporates SB1296 (DeSteph)
01/30/2023Committee substitute printed 23104438D-S1
01/30/2023Rereferred to Finance and Appropriations
01/31/2023Impact statement from VCSC (SB1396S1)
01/31/2023Impact statement from DPB (SB1396S1)
02/02/2023Reported from Finance and Appropriations (16-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/03/2023Constitutional reading dispensed (38-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/06/2023Floor substitute printed 23106361D-S2 (Surovell)
02/06/2023Read second time
02/06/2023Reading of substitute waived
02/06/2023Committee substitute agreed to (21-Y 18-N) (see vote tally)
02/06/2023Title replaced 23104438D-S1
02/06/2023Floor Substitute by Senator Surovell ruled out of order
02/06/2023Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute SB1396S1
02/07/2023Impact statement from VCSC (SB1396S2)
02/07/2023Read third time and passed Senate (27-Y 13-N) (see vote tally)
02/08/2023Impact statement from DPB (SB1396S2)
02/10/2023Placed on Calendar
02/10/2023Read first time
02/10/2023Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
02/13/2023Reported from Courts of Justice with substitute (10-Y 9-N) (see vote tally)
02/13/2023Committee substitute printed 23106694D-H1
02/14/2023Impact statement from VCSC (SB1396H1)
02/15/2023Read second time
02/16/2023Impact statement from DPB (SB1396H1)
02/16/2023Passed by for the day
02/17/2023Passed by for the day
02/20/2023Passed by for the day
02/21/2023Passed by for the day
02/22/2023Floor substitute printed 23107160D-H2 (Byron)
02/22/2023Read third time
02/22/2023Committee on Courts of Justice substitute rejected 23106694D-H1
02/22/2023Substitute by Delegate Byron agreed to 23107160D-H2
02/22/2023Engrossed by House - floor substitute SB1396H2
02/22/2023Passed House with substitute (52-Y 44-N)
02/22/2023VOTE: Passage (52-Y 44-N) (see vote tally)
02/22/2023Impact statement from DPB (SB1396H2)
02/23/2023Impact statement from VCSC (SB1396H2)
02/23/2023House substitute agreed to by Senate (32-Y 8-N) (see vote tally)
02/23/2023Title replaced 23106694D-H1
03/07/2023Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB1396ER)
03/07/2023Impact statement from DPB (SB1396ER)
03/08/2023Signed by President
03/08/2023Signed by Speaker
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 358 (effective 7/1/23)
03/23/2023G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0358)

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