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BULLET St. Louis City Revised Code Chapter 15.78 Division V Vandalism

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DIVISION V. OFFENSES AGAINST PROPERTY

Chapter 15.78
Vandalism

Sections:

15.78.010 Defined.
15.78.020 Prohibited.
15.78.030 Evidence--Conviction.
15.78.040 Legal title to premises.
15.78.050 Additional measure.
15.78.060 Penalty for violation of Sections 15.78.010--15.78.050.
15.78.070 Property damage.
15.78.080 Police duties.
15.78.090 Damaging public lights.

15.78.010 Defined.

For purposes of this chapter the term "vandalism" means the unauthorized damaging of property, either real or personal, in whole or part, of a building or structure or an improvement on premises, belonging to another.
(Ord. 55902 2, 1971.)

15.78.020 Prohibited.

No person shall commit any act of vandalism on, upon, in or against any building, structure or parts or improvements belonging to such building structure or curtilage thereof.
(Ord. 55902 1, 1971.)

15.78.030 Evidence--Conviction.

Whenever on trial for violation of Section 15.78.020 the defendant is shown to have caused damage to a building, structure or the improvements or curtilage thereof, and it is further proved that the damage was in no way associated with or explained by then and there observable evidence of any attempted repair, rehabilitation or lawful demolition of the premises or part thereof or by any unintentional act of the defendant, it shall be sufficient evidence to authorize conviction, unless the defendant explains his act of damaging to the satisfaction of the jury or the court when tried without a jury.
(Ord. 55902 3, 1971.)

15.78.040 Legal title to premises.

It shall be sufficient for purposes of this chapter to prove that the property damaged belonged to or that the right of possession was in another person or persons other than the person accused of vandalism, to prove that the accused did not have legal title to the premises.
(Ord. 55902 4, 1971.)

15.78.050 Additional measure.

This chapter shall not amend, repeal, or in any way limit other prior acts directed against destruction of property, but shall be an additional measure to safeguard against the unlawful destruction of property.
(Ord. 55902 5, 1971.)

15.78.060 Penalty for violation of Sections 15.78.010--15.78.050.

Any person violating the provisions of Sections 15.78.010--15.78.050 shall be guilty of a misdemeanor and upon conviction shall be fined not more than five hundred dollars, or sentenced to imprisonment in the City workhouse for a term of not more than ninety days, or punished by both fine and imprisonment.
(Ord. 55902 6, 1971.)

15.78.070 Property damage.

No person shall maliciously destroy, damage or injure any public or private property of any kind whatsoever which does not belong to the person.
(1960 C. 761.010.)

City Counselor Ops.: 9252

15.78.080 Police duties.

Any person who shall deface, injure or damage any buildings, fence or other enclosure, sign, ornamental or shade tree, tree box, lamppost, awning post, fire plug, hydrant, railing or other property in the City, belonging to the City, or any property holder thereof, either by cutting, hacking, breaking, daubing with paint or other substance, marking with chalk or the hitching of horses or other animals to a tree or tree box, or in any other way or manner defacing, tearing down or injuring such property, shall be guilty of a misdemeanor. It is the special duty of the police to enforce the provisions of this section; and with this view the Board of Police Commissioners are requested to deliver a copy of this section to every police officer in their department.
(1948 C. Ch. 46 49: 1960 C. 761.020.)

V.A.M.S.:

569.100--569.120 Property damage.

City Counselor Ops.: 9003

15.78.090 Damaging public lights.

Any person who shall wilfully, maliciously or negligently injure, pull down or break any lamppost, bracket, lamp, light, call-box, pole, wire, tube or cable or shall reduce the gas supplied to any public lamp or light or shall extinguish any such light or lamp, or shall injure, break, deface or daub any mantle, globe or shade, or shall screen or otherwise obscure any public light, lamp or street sign shall be guilty of a misdemeanor.
(1948 C. Ch. 55 76: 1960 C. 761.030.)

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