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Porch package thieves could spend time in jail if CA bill passes

New bill asks that porch pirates spend time in jail.
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You may or may not have experienced a "porch pirate" over this past holiday season. They stalk neighborhood streets and look for deliveries left on porches then help themselves to the loot. 

But a new California bill, if passed, could lead to jail time for these bandits if caught. 

Assembly Bill 1210 says that anyone found guilty of stealing a package could face misdemeanor charges and up to a year of incarceration. A felony has a steeper penalty of up to three years. 

State Assemblyman Evan Low (D-28), introduced the proposal which covers packages that are “shipped through the mail or delivered by a public or private carrier.

Packages delivered to a porch, doorstep, patio, stoop, driveway, hallway or enclosed yard are covered. 

Home security cameras have often caught these thieves which depending on the clarity of the images might make it easier for police investigations. 

The current California law states :

“A person who enters a house, room, apartment, or other specified structure, with intent to commit larceny or any felony, is guilty of burglary in the first or 2nd degree, as specified. Burglary in the first degree is punishable by imprisonment in the state prison for 2, 4, or 6 years, and burglary in the 2nd degree is punishable as a misdemeanor by imprisonment in a county jail not exceeding one year, or as a felony by imprisonment in a county jail for 16 months, or 2 or 3 years.”