California bill that could put porch pirates behind bars is proposed, but will it work?


State lawmakers are going after porch pirates in a new proposed law that could carry a prison sentence for this crime.

“Porch pirates” is a relatively a new term used for thieves who steal packages without ever entering someone’s home.

But, lawmakers are proposing that a porch will be an extension of one’s house in Assembly Bill 1210. The question is, will a stiffer punishment keep the porch pirates away?

Two weeks ago, Tower District resident, Terry Story, took the law into his own hands.

“I proceed to video tape him, confront him. I told him it wasn’t his package and you need to drop it,” he explains.

That package was saved, but often times porch pirates get away scott free.

However, now there’s a new law being proposed in the state assembly to treat a porch pirate crime like a home burglary that will deliver jail time.

“I know I can get another year in prison if they catch me, chances aren’t that great, so I’ll do it anyway,” says David Mugridge, criminal defense attorney and legal analyst.

He believes unless the proof is iron clad, the bill is virtually worthless.

“If they have a hat on that’s a distinctive hat, and they don’t keep their head down or they have a business shirt that says John and Triple AAA tires on it, then it’s a waste of the paper it’s written on,” Mugridge explains.

This could mean the best defense is either your neighbor, or guys like Terry Story, who is holding out hope that the law prevails.

“If we put a lot of teeth into the law and it starts putting people behind bars, then it will stop, I believe,” Story hopes.

The bill is expected to start gaining traction in the next few weeks when a committee will take a closer look at it.

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