Stealing and Tampering With Cell Phones Could Land You 5 Years in Jail

By Joe Gullo

Published 02/10 2014 05:38PM

Updated 02/11 2014 08:46AM

WASHINGTON - A new bill would crack down on cell phone theft.

Under legislation announced Monday by U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer of New York, tampering with the ID number on a cell phone would be a federal crime.

In Syracuse alone, stolen cell phones were up 64% in 2011. According to the FCC, about 40% of thefts in major U.S cities involve cell phones.

If this new bill become law, tampering with a phone ID could land someone up to 5 years in jail.

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