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Council members propose plan to curb cell phone theft

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June 05, 2013|By Leonor Vivanco, @lvivanco | RedEye

A measure aimed at cracking down on cell phone theft was introduced on Wednesday by a handful of aldermen.

Ald. Patrick O'Connor (40th), Margaret Laurino (39th), Mary O'Connor (41st), Emma Mitts (37th) and Latasha Thomas (17th) proposed requiring businesses that "unlock" or attempt to unlock cell phones to allow service from a different service provider to give the police department certain information.

On a weekly basis, the person who is trying to "unlock" the phone would have to submit a driver's license or government-issued ID showing name, date of birth and address of the person requesting the service. In addition, they would be asked to provide the identifying markers of the phone.

The fine for violating the ordinance would be a range of $500 to $1,000. The stolen cell phone proposal heads to the Committee on License and Consumer Protection.

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