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12/19/2019 Rep. O’Brien to sponsor legislation targeting ‘porch pirates’
STATE HOUSE – Rep. William W. O’Brien (D-Dist. 54, North Providence) is planning on sponsoring legislation during the upcoming General Assembly session that would seek to impose stiffer penalties on “porch pirates” and others who are convicted of stealing packages from homes.

In particular, Representative O’Brien plans on seizing vehicles used in the theft for those that are convicted of the crime.  His bill will call for the money generated from the seized vehicles to support the RI Veterans Home.

“It is always awful to see the news reports, especially during the holidays, of heartless grinches stealing people’s packages right from their front porches.  This is an intolerable crime and criminals will continue this practice until they are sufficiently stopped by the law with severe penalties,” said Representative O’Brien.

“As a member of the House Finance Committee, I have had a front-row seat to the financial problems arising in the Veterans Home.  Our veterans deserve much better and I feel that this would be an innovative way to support our aging heroes and veterans.  If someone risks losing their car to steal others’ packages, I think it’s appropriate for the money that is generated to be appropriated to the Veterans Home,” concluded Representative O’Brien.

He plans on introducing the bill once the legislative session starts in January.

For more information, contact:
Andrew Caruolo, Publicist
State House Room 20
Providence, RI 02903