Bill targets cargo theft in California

| Friday, April 23, 2004

A person who steals cargo off a truck would be guilty of grand theft under a bill being considered in California.

AB1814 would apply the charge of grand theft to anyone who steals more than $400 worth of freight. The bill, introduced by Assemblywoman Jenny Oropeza, D-Carson, would apply to any cargo that has been loaded into a trailer, railcar or cargo container, whether it is awaiting transport or is already in transit.

The bill has received “do pass” recommendations from both the Public Safety Committee and the Appropriations Committee. It is now before the full House.

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