S.C. porch pirates bill would send package thiefs to jail for 5 years, carry $5k fine if passed

BY ADRIENNE SARVIS
adrienne@theitem.com
Posted 1/6/19

Porch pirates in South Carolina could spend a minimum of five years in the brig if a bill introduced by a state representative is approved by the governor.

The very serious bill, the Defense Against Porch Pirates Act, addressing criminals with a …

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S.C. porch pirates bill would send package thiefs to jail for 5 years, carry $5k fine if passed

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Porch pirates in South Carolina could spend a minimum of five years in the brig if a bill introduced by a state representative is approved by the governor.

The very serious bill, the Defense Against Porch Pirates Act, addressing criminals with a funny name is sponsored by Rep. Cezar McKnight of Clarendon and Williamsburg counties and Rep. Lonnie Hosey of Allendale, Barnwell and Orangeburg counties.

The bill states it is unlawful for a person to steal packages delivered to a dwelling's porch or the vicinity of any entrance or exit of a dwelling and would classify such acts as felony package theft.

And the inclusive definition of dwelling essentially protects any shelter that can be occupied by a person. A dwelling is defined as any house, outhouse, apartment, building, erection, shed or box in where a person lodges, which essentially protects man.

If approved by the governor, the bill would penalize anyone convicted of stealing packages from the front of a dwelling to a minimum five years in prison with no possibility of suspension nor probation. Punishment also includes a fine of no more than $5,000.