Maryland Delegate Proposes $5,000 Fine, 5 Years in Prison for Porch Pirates

A Maryland delegate is proposing a new bill that he hopes will serve as a deterrent to porch pirates, or people who steal delivered packages from homeowner's porches.

Haven Shoemaker Jr., of Carroll County's 5th District says he thinks the actions porch pirates are partaking in are virtually the same as home invasions and that the crimes should be treated as such and made felonies.

"There are two problems with this. One is, you are stealing, irrespective of the value of the property. The other is, you are invading someone else's personal space by going onto their ground and taking their property," says Shoemaker.

He is proposing a fine of $5,000 and a 5-year sentence in prison for convicted porch pirates.

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