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Cell Phone Theft Bill

Written By: Jennifer Sheahen

Senator Schumer is reintroducing a bill to stop cell phone thieves dead in their tracks.

Cell Phone Theft Bill

May 24, 2013

New York---[WENY]---Senator Schumer is reintroducing a bill to stop cell phone thieves dead in their tracks.The law would make it a federal crime to tamper with a phone's unique identification number.

 

     It carries a penalty of five years in prison. It's the number allowing carriers to permanently disable stolen phones. According to the FCC, almost 40-percent of thefts involve cell phones. Cell phone crimes make up 14% of all crimes in New York.