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Title 23: Motor Vehicles

Chapter 36: TITLING OF VESSELS, SNOWMOBILES, AND ALL-TERRAIN VEHICLES

23 V.S.A. § 3831. Report of theft; recovery of unclaimed vessel, snowmobile, or all-terrain vehicle



§ 3831. Report of theft; recovery of unclaimed vessel, snowmobile, or all-terrain vehicle

(a) An enforcement officer, sheriff or constable who learns of the theft of a vessel, snowmobile, or all-terrain vehicle not since recovered, or of the recovery of a vessel, snowmobile, or all-terrain vehicle whose theft or conversion he or she knows or has reason to believe has been reported to the commissioner, shall forthwith report the theft or recovery to the commissioner.

(b) An owner or a lienholder may report the theft of a vessel, snowmobile, or all-terrain vehicle, or its conversion if a crime, to the commissioner, but the commissioner may disregard the report of a conversion unless a warrant has been issued for the arrest of a person charged with the conversion. A person who has reported the theft or conversion of a vessel, snowmobile, or all-terrain vehicle shall, forthwith after learning of its recovery, report the recovery to the commissioner.

(c) An operator of a place of business for garaging, repairing, parking, or storing vessels, snowmobiles or all-terrain vehicles for the public, in which a vessel, snowmobile, or all-terrain vehicle remains unclaimed for a period of 30 days, shall, within five days after the expiration of that period, report the vessel, snowmobile, or all-terrain vehicle as unclaimed, to the commissioner. A vessel, snowmobile, or all-terrain vehicle left by its owner whose name and address are known to the operator or his or her employee is not considered unclaimed. A person who fails to report a vessel, snowmobile, or all-terrain vehicle as unclaimed in accordance with this subsection forfeits all claims and liens for its garaging, parking or storing and shall be fined not more than $25.00 for each day his or her failure to report continues.

(d) The commissioner shall maintain and appropriately index weekly, any cumulative public records of stolen, converted, recovered and unclaimed vessels, snowmobiles or all-terrain vehicles reported to him or her pursuant to this section. The commissioner may make and distribute copies of the weekly records so maintained to enforcement officers upon request without fee and to others for the fee, if any, the commissioner prescribes.

(e) The commissioner may suspend the registration of a vessel, snowmobile, or all-terrain vehicle whose theft or conversion is reported to him or her pursuant to this section. Until the commissioner learns of its recovery or that the report of its theft or conversion was erroneous, he or she shall not issue a certificate of title for the vessel, snowmobile, or all-terrain vehicle. (Added 1987, No. 152 (Adj. Sess.), § 1; 2001, No. 107 (Adj. Sess.), § 23.)