St. Louis leaders propose ordinance to stop sale of stolen cell phones

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Posted on September 23, 2012 at 11:09 PM

Updated Sunday, Sep 23 at 11:27 PM

ST. LOUIS (AP) -- People wanting to resell mobile phones in St. Louis would face tough new restrictions under a newly proposed ordinance.

Mayor Francis Slay and Alderman Craig Schmid announced the legislation in a news release Friday.

It would require anyone who buys and resells cell phones to obtain a second-hand dealers license from the city. They'd also need to record the phone's unique identity number and obtain detailed information on sellers, including their names and even their thumbprints. The information would be put into a database that allows authorities to track the sale of goods that are frequently stolen.

Officials say that while the number of larcenies is down in St. Louis, cell phone thefts and robberies are up.

The move comes one month after former SLU volleyball player Megan Boken was shot and killed in the Central West End. Police said the man who shot Boken was attempting to steal her cell phone.

On Saturday, a teenager was robbed of his cell phone and wallet, then shot in the leg.

Resellers who violate the ordinance would face a fine of up to $500.

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