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New bill proposes charging porch pirates with felonies

Posted at 11:49 AM, Dec 16, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-16 13:31:55-05

MADISON — After an increase in porch pirating, two Wisconsin state representatives proposed a bill that would charge porch pirates with felonies, according to a press release.

Rep. Bob Hutton (R-Brookfield) and Sen. David Craig (R-Big Bend) proposed the bill Thursday.

“We need to ensure that law enforcement has the tools they need to effectively target criminals who are stealing packages from our homes,” said Rep. Hutton. “The way consumers are spending their money is rapidly shifting and our laws need to keep up with the shift toward purchasing products online."

Under the bill, mail theft would be considered a class A misdemeanor for someone who stole less than 10 pieces of mail, a class I felony for someone who stole between 10 and 30 pieces of mail and a class H felony for someone who stole over 30 pieces of mail.