ST. LOUIS -- St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay has signed a new law aimed at making it harder to resell stolen cell phones, a growing problem in the area.
Aldermen adopted the law late last month, and the mayor announced the signing on Friday.
Crime rates in the city have been declining, but cell phone thefts have been on the rise. In August, former Saint Louis University volleyball player Megan Boken was shot and killed while being robbed of her cell phone.
The law will require secondhand dealers to record the phone’s identity number and collect other information from the seller, including the person’s thumbprints.