Bondi seeks tough anti-theft measure
Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi last week unveiled a legislative proposal intended to stop organized retail theft, where criminals steal thousands of dollars worth of items to sell them online or at flea markets.
The legislation is sponsored in the House (HB 1173) by Rep. Ross Spano (R-Dover) and in the Senate (SB 1404) by Sen. Kelli Stargel. (R-Lakeland). It would enhance penalties by increasing sentencing guidelines, meaning a person convicted of retail theft of $50,000 or more would face a sentence of 21 months in prison.
Attorney General Pam Bondi unveils legislation to curtail retail theft
Attorney General Pam Bondi unveiled late Thursday a legislative proposal intended to stop organized retail theft, a type of organized crime that ultimately leaves consumers paying higher prices as a result of businesses’ losses, announced the Attorney General’s Office.
The National Retail Federation estimates retailers lose more than $30 billion per year to retail theft, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation considers retail theft a “gateway crime” committed by major crime rings that use the proceeds to fund other illegal activity. In a typical retail theft scheme, criminals steal thousands of dollars worth of products over a period of time and often sell them at flea markets or online.
The legislative proposal sponsored by Representative Ross Spano (House Bill 1173) and Senator Kelli Stargel (Senate Bill 1404) would enhance the penalties for a violation of Florida Statute 817.034(4)(a) by increasing the sentencing scoring guidelines for an organized retail theft offense that exceeds $50,000.