SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — Porch pirates could face prison time under a proposed California law.
Senator Brian Jones (R-Santee) introduced the measure Wednesday to increase penalties on people who steal packages from homes.READ MORE: Boy, 8, Hailed A Hero After Discovering Baby Sister Unresponsive In Pool
The proposed law would allow prosecutors to charge porch pirates with a felony if they’re convicted of package theft two or more times within three years.
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Jones says the current law treats package theft differently than burglaries inside a home.
“Many of these porch pirates are habitual offenders who keep dodging real punishment for their crimes,” Jones said in a press release.MORE NEWS: SMUD Again Extends Suspension Of Non-Payment Shutoffs – Now Through June
The bill, SB 358, is awaiting assignment to a Senate policy committee.