Sen. Schumer wants tougher cellphone theft law

Sen. Check Schumer wants to make cell phone

Sen. Check Schumer wants to make cell phone theft a federal crime. (February 19, 2014 9:03 AM)

There's a new call to make cellphone theft a federal crime.

Sen. Chuck Schumer (D) announced the plan yesterday outside the federal courthouse in White Plains.

A national database already tracks stolen cellphones, but Schumer says thieves replace SIM cards or alter the unique ID numbers to circumvent the list.

This new bill would create stiffer penalties. "By making it a federal...

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