St. Louis cell phone resell bill approved

6:13 PM, Nov 30, 2012   |    comments
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St. Louis (KSDK) -- St. Louis leaders passed a law to make it harder to resell stolen cell phones.

City officials said crime rates continue to decline in the city, but cell phone thefts continue to rise.  That has prompted them to take matters into their own hands.

Alderman Craig Schmid proposed legislation in September that would restrict the re-sale of stolen cellphones.

On August 18th, former Saint Louis University volleyball player Megan Boken was killed during a cell phone robbery.
Boken's murder was not the catalyst for the legislation, but the mayor's staff believes it certainly helps their cause.

According to the legislation, secondhand dealers will have to get a license.

Resellers also would need to record the phone's identity number, collect detailed information including the seller's name, address, and a copy of their driver's license, even their thumbprints.

The first vote passed unanimously earlier this month.


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