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New bill aimed to crackdown on porch pirates

It’s an issue that leaves a lot people upset. Porch pirates pilfering packages.

Posted: Feb 13, 2020 6:32 PM

REDDING, CALIF. – It’s an issue that leaves a lot people upset.

Porch pirates pilfering packages. But under SB 979, those package thieves could face up to three years in jail.

“We see it throughout the year,” said Corporal Will Williams with the Redding Police Department. “The warmer months tend to bring more people out, thus more people will steal.”

Police say, porch pirates are particularly busiest around the holidays. Especially during Thanksgiving and Christmas.

“When people are literally following the Fedex or UPS truck and stealing off the porch it’s super invasive” said Corporal Williams.

Now SB 979 is aiming to take a sink at porch pirates and people in Shasta County can’t wait.

“They're taking stuff that's not theirs and a slap on the wrist isn't good enough,” said Todd Sorensen of Bella Vista.

But police aren’t totally sold on the idea.

“By increasing it to nine months to a year, we dont have the jail space for that,” said Corporal Williams. “We're housing felons for 12 hours and releasing them into the streets.”

But the constant crime leaves people frustrated.

“It makes me super angry,” said Sorensen. “I don’t understand why you think it’s okay to do that to somebody.”

With this proposed new bill, people hope to see a decrease to the porch pirate problem.

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