City of Bridgeton, MO
St. Louis County
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[Ord. No. 90-45 §5-100, 5-2-1990]
The following words, terms and phrases, when used in Section 205.150 to 205.280 shall have the meanings ascribed to them in this Section, except where the context clearly indicates a different meaning:
APPROPRIATE
To take, obtain, use, transfer, conceal or retain possession of.
COERCION
A threat, however communicated to:
1. 
Commit any crime;
2. 
Inflict physical injury in the future on the person threatened or another;
3. 
Accuse any person of any crime;
4. 
Expose any person to hatred, contempt or ridicule;
5. 
Harm the credit or business repute of any person;
6. 
Take or withhold action as a public servant, or to cause a public servant to take or withhold action;
7. 
Inflict any other harm which would not benefit the actor. A threat of accusation, lawsuit or other invocation of official action is not coercion if the property sought to be obtained by virtue of the threat was honestly claimed as restitution or indemnification for harm done in the circumstances to which the accusation, exposure, lawsuit or other official action relates, or as compensation for property or lawful service. The defendant shall have the burden of injecting the issue of justification as to any threat.
DECEIT
Purposely making a representation which is false and which the actor does not believe to be true and upon which the victim relies, as to a matter of fact, law, value, intention or other state of mind. The term "deceit" does not, however, include falsity as to matters having no pecuniary significance, or puffing by statements unlikely to deceive ordinary persons in the group addressed. Deception as to the actor's intention to perform a promise shall not be inferred from the fact alone that he did not subsequently perform the promise.
DEPRIVE
1. 
To withhold property from the owner permanently;
2. 
To restore property only upon payment of reward or other compensation;
3. 
To use or dispose of property in a manner that makes recovery of the property by the owner unlikely.
OF ANOTHER
Property or services is that "of another" if any natural person, corporation, partnership, association, governmental subdivision or instrumentality other than the actor, has a possessory or proprietary interest therein, except that property shall not be deemed property of another who has only a security interest therein, even if legal title is in the creditor pursuant to a conditional sales contract or other security arrangement.
PROPERTY
Anything of value, whether real or personal, tangible or intangible, in possession or in action, and shall include but not be limited to the evidence of a debt actually executed but not delivered or issued as a valid instrument.
SERVICES
Includes transportation, telephone, electricity, gas, water, cable television services, or other public service, accommodation in hotels, restaurants or elsewhere, admission to exhibitions and use of vehicles.
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State Law Reference — Similar provisions, RSMo. §570.010 (2,3,6,7,9,10,12).
[Ord. No. 90-45 §5-105, 5-2-1990]
A person commits the offense of stealing if he appropriates property or services of another with the purpose to deprive him thereof, either without his consent or by means of deceit or coercion.
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State Law Reference — Similar provisions, RSMo. §570.030 (1).
[Ord. No. 90-45 §5-110, 5-2-1990]
A person who appropriates lost property shall not be deemed to have stolen that property within the meaning of Section 205.150, unless the property is found under circumstances which gave the finder knowledge of or means of inquiry as to the true owner.
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State Law Reference — Similar provisions, RSMo. §570.060.
[Ord. No. 90-45 §5-115, 5-2-1990]
A person commits the offense of receiving stolen property if for the purpose of depriving the owner of a lawful interest therein, he receives, retains or disposes of property of another knowing that it has been stolen, or believing that it has been stolen.
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State Law Reference — Similar provisions, RSMo. §570.080 (1).
[Ord. No. 90-45 §5-120, 5-2-1990; Ord. No. 07-21 §1, 6-6-2007]
A. 
A person commits the offense of passing a bad check when, with purpose to defraud, he issues or passes a check or other similar sight order for any amount for the payment of money, knowing that it will not be paid by the drawee or that there is no such drawee.
B. 
If the issuer had no account with the drawee or if there was no such drawee at the time the check or order was issued, this fact shall be prima facie evidence of his purpose to defraud and of his knowledge that the check or order would not be paid.
C. 
If the issuer has an account with the drawee, failure to pay the check or order within ten (10) days after notice in writing that it has not been honored because of insufficient funds or credit with the drawee is prima facie evidence of his purpose to defraud and of his knowledge that the check or order would not be paid.
D. 
Notice in writing means notice deposited as first class mail in the United States mail and addressed to the issuer at his address as it appears on the dishonored check or to his last known address.
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State Law Reference — Similar provisions, RSMo. §570.120 (1-4).
[Ord. No. 90-45 §5-125, 5-2-1990]
A. 
A person commits the offense of fraudulent use of a credit device if he uses a credit device for the purpose of obtaining services or property, knowing that:
1. 
The device is stolen, fictitious or forged;
2. 
The device has been revoked or canceled;
3. 
For any other reason his use of the device is unauthorized.
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State Law Reference — Similar provisions, RSMo. §570.130 (1).
[Ord. No. 90-45 §5-130, 5-2-1990]
A. 
A person commits the offense of tampering if he:
1. 
Tampers with property of another for the purpose of causing substantial inconvenience to that person or to another;
2. 
Unlawfully rides in or upon another's automobile, airplane, motorcycle, motorboat or other motor-propelled vehicle; or
3. 
Tampers with, or causes to be tampered with, any meter or other property of an electric, gas, steam or water utility, the effect of which tampering is either:
a. 
To prevent the proper measuring of electric, gas, steam or water service;
b. 
To permit the diversion of any electric, gas, steam or water service.
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State Law Reference — Similar provisions, RSMo. §569.090 (1).
[Ord. No. 90-45 §5-135, 5-2-1990]
A. 
A person commits the offense of property damage if he:
1. 
Knowingly damages property of another; or
2. 
Damages property for the purpose of defrauding an insurer.
B. 
In addition to the penalty provided, if the property involved is owned by or under the management or control of the City, any person convicted of a violation of this Section shall pay to the City the cost of repairing or replacing such property.
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State Law Reference — Property damage, RSMo. §569.120.
[Ord. No. 94-92 §1, 12-7-1994]
A. 
Definition. The following word when used in this Section shall have the meaning prescribed herein:
GRAFFITI
The altering, defacing, damaging or otherwise marring of any property visible to public view by means of marking said property surfaces with various inscriptions, signs, symbols, or figures by means of paint, ink, chalk, dye, or other similar substance.
B. 
Prohibition.
1. 
It shall be unlawful for any person to write, paint or draw upon any wall, rock, bridge, building, fence, gate, other structure, tree, or other real or personal property, either publicly or privately owned, any drawing, inscription, figure, or mark of the type which is commonly known and referred to as graffiti within the City.
2. 
Persons who knowingly commit the offense of graffiti may also be in violation of Section 205.210 (property damage) and Chapter 515 (signs and billboards) of this Code of Ordinances for the City of Bridgeton, Missouri.
C. 
Graffiti Declared a Public Nuisance.
1. 
The application of graffiti upon walls, rocks, bridges, buildings, fences, gates, other structures, trees, and other real and personal property within the Corporate boundaries of the City of Bridgeton constitutes a nuisance;
2. 
Graffiti on public and private property depreciates the value of the property, as well as the adjacent and surrounding properties, and negatively impacts upon the entire community and in the interest of the health, safety and general welfare of the City, immediate steps must be taken to remove this nuisance.
D. 
Notice to Property Owner to Abate — Performance by City on Failure. Whenever the nuisance created by the presence of graffiti shall exist on any public or private property, the City may notify in writing the owners and occupants of the property on which the nuisance exists to have the same forthwith removed or abated. Should the owner or occupant fail to have same removed within ten (10) days, the City may from the time of service of said notice, have same removed or abated forthwith.
[Ord. No. 90-45 §5-140, 5-2-1990]
A. 
A person commits the offense of trespass in the first degree if he knowingly enters unlawfully or knowingly remains unlawfully in a building or inhabitable structure or upon real property.
B. 
A person does not commit the crime of trespass in the first degree by entering or remaining upon real property unless the real property is fenced or otherwise enclosed in a manner designed to exclude intruders or as to which notice against trespass is given by:
1. 
Actual communication to the actor:
2. 
Posting in a manner reasonably likely to come to the attention of intruders.
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State Law Reference — Similar provisions, RSMo. §569.140 (1,2).
[Ord. No. 90-45 §5-145, 5-2-1990]
A person commits the offense of trespass in the second degree if he enters unlawfully upon real property of another. This is an offense of absolute liability.
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State Law Reference — Similar provisions, RSMo. §569.150 (1).
[Ord. No. 90-45 §5-150, 5-2-1990]
No person shall be permitted to offer or advertise merchandise or other goods for sale or hire, or to maintain any concession, or use any park facilities, buildings, trails, roads or other City park property for commercial use except by written permission of concession contract with the City.
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Cross Reference — As to licensing, see Ch. 640 of this code.
[Ord. No. 90-45 §5-155, 5-1-1990]
It is declared a nuisance for any person to remove carts, baskets or other devices, furnished by merchants for the convenience of customers, from the merchant's premises without a written consent of said merchant.
[Ord. No. 90-45 §5-160, 5-2-1990]
A person commits the offense of littering if he throws or places, or causes to be thrown or placed, any glass, glass bottles, wire, nails, tacks, hedge, cans, garbage, trash, refuse or rubbish of any kind, nature or description on the right-of-way of any public road or State highway or on or in any of the waters in this City or on the banks of any stream, or on any land or water owned, operated or leased by the City, any Board, Department, Agency or Commission thereof or on any land or water owned, operated or leased by the State or Federal Government or on any private real property owned by another without his consent.
[Ord. No. 90-45 §5-165, 5-2-1990]
A. 
It is unlawful for any person to throw wastepaper, tin cans, bottles or rubbish of any kind, or contaminate in any manner in any spring, pool or stream within a City Park; nor shall any person other than authorized personnel of the City cut, prune, pick or deface or injure in any manner the flowers, trees, shrubs or any other flora growing on the land or in the water of any City Park.
B. 
No object of archaeological or historical value or interest within a City Park may be removed, injured, disfigured, defaced or destroyed except by authorized personnel.
[Ord. No. 90-45 §5-170, 5-2-1990]
A. 
No person or persons shall put any dead animal, carcass or part thereof, the offal or any other filth into any well, spring, brook, branch, creek, pond or like.
B. 
No person shall remove or cause to be removed any place in or near any public road or highway, or upon premises not his own, or in any river, stream or watercourse any dead animal, carcass or part thereof, or other nuisance, to the annoyance of the citizens of this City, or any of them.