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6425 Odana Rd, Madison, WI 53719
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Iowa's Property Theft Law
Iowa Code Chapter 645


As used in this chapter, unless the context otherwise requires:

1. "Mercantile establishment" includes any place where merchandise is displayed, held, or offered for sale, either retail or wholesale
2. "Merchandise" includes any object, ware, good, commodity, or other similar item displayed or offered for sale.
3. "Owner" means an owner of a mercantile establishment and includes a designated representative of the owner.

An action for recovery of merchandes or the purchase price, damages, and costs may be brought by an owner pursant to this chapter in any court of competent jurisdiction, including a court of small claims if the claim does not exceed jurisdicational limits.

A conviction under chapter 714 is not required as a condition precedent to the maintenance of an action pursuant to this chapter.

1. A person who knowingly and without claim of right wrongfully appropriates, takes possession of, or alters the price indicia of merchandise of a mercantile establishment without the consent of the owner and with the intent to conver the merchandise to the person's own use without having paid the full purchase price for it, is liable for:

a. The return of the merchandise or the purchase price of the merchandise, provided that the merchandise is not evidence in a criminal proceeding under chapter 714.
b. Actual damages for any decrease in value of the merchandise returned.
c. The greater of fifty dollars or actual costs, not to exceed two hundred dollars, incurred by the owner in recovering the merchandise or damages pursuant to this chapter.

2. Damages awarded under this section shall be reduced by any amount received by the owner pursuant to court ordered restituion under chapter 232A or 910.

3. The parent or parents of an unemancipated minor child under the age of eighteen years are liable for any judgment awarded against the child pursuant to subsection 1 in accordance with, and subject to the limits established in, section 613.16.
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