Missouri Revised Statutes Title XXXVI. Statutory Actions and Torts § 537.330. Malicious trespass--to personalty--double damages--issuance of attachment, when

If any person shall maliciously or wantonly damage or destroy any personal property, goods, chattels, furniture or livestock, the person so offending shall pay to the party injured double the value of the things so damaged or destroyed;  and upon an affidavit that said damage or destruction was wantonly or maliciously done, it shall be a good ground for an attachment to issue, as in other cases by attachment.

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