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Published on Friday, January 18, 2013

A bill before the Legislature to increase penalties for vehicle prowlers

Vehicle prowl is on the rise in many of our cities. This public safety concern has been heard by the Legislature. Currently, vehicle prowl in the second degree is a gross misdemeanor. SB 5053, sponsored by Sen. Harper (D-Everett) and others, elevates a vehicle prowl conviction to a Class C felony if it is a third or subsequent offense. A person found guilty of a Class C felony may be sentenced to up to five years in prison and be fined up to $20,000. SB 5053 is scheduled for public hearing in the Senate Law & Justice Committee at 8am on January 25. AWC endorses the increased penalties for repeat offenders.

Categories: Law & justice