Title 45
Towns and Cities

Chapter 2
General Powers

R.I. Gen. Laws § 45-2-39.1

§ 45-2-39.1. Theft of historic stone walls.

(a) For the purposes of this chapter, an historic stone wall shall be defined as “a vertical structure of aligned natural stone, originally constructed in the 17th, 18th, 19th or 20th centuries, to designate a property boundary between farmsteads or to segregate agricultural activities with a single farmstead or to designate property lines.” This definition shall include new stone walls which closely approximate the appearance of adjoining stone walls with respect to coursing, stone type, joint width, construction and distribution of stones by size.

(b) Anyone convicted of the theft of an historic stone wall, pursuant to § 11-41-1, or portions of an historic stone wall, or convicted of attempt to commit that larceny, shall be civilly liable to the property owner for the cost of replacing the stones and any other compensable damages related to that larceny.

History of Section.
P.L. 2001, ch. 251, § 2.