Article 145 includes a range of activities such as criminal mischief, criminal tampering, cemetery desecration, aggravated cemetery desecration, reckless endangerment of property, and tampering with consumer products. Also included under Article 145 are penalties for littering on railroad track and rights-of-way, making of graffiti, possession of graffiti making instruments and possession of taximeter accelerating device.
Criminal mischief involves the damaging of the property of another, while criminal tampering involves damaging property that in some way creates inconvenience to a person or the greater community, such as steam, water, gas or electric works. Reckless endangerment of property, which is a misdemeanor, involves behavior that could substantially damage property of another worth $250 or more. Cemetery desecration includes toppling headstones, destroying grounds, and in extreme instances removing and opening caskets and removing human remains. The more deplorable the desecration is the harsher the charges and punishment.
Tampering with consumer products refers to food, beverages, drugs, and generally anything for sale to the public. If the tampering causes a substantial risk of harm to the public, such tampering is considered a class E felony.