‘Porch pirate’ bills signed by governor

LANSING, Mich. — New laws signed by the governor on Tuesday will crack down on the skyrocketing problem of mail theft in Michigan, said Sen. Peter J. Lucido, sponsor of one of the bills.

“As more of us rely on online retailers for purchases, the likelihood that our packages may get stolen from our mailboxes and porches is also increasing,” said Lucido, R-Shelby Township. “It was time to do something to crack down on these porch pirates and fraudsters who are preying on our hard-earned purchases and other deliveries. I thank the governor for her support in signing this important legislation.”

Senate Bill 23, sponsored by Sen. Jim Runestad, and SB 24, sponsored by Lucido, create state penalties for stealing mail or packages that are left in or near a mailbox. If convicted, perpetrators face a misdemeanor of one year in jail and a $500 fine for the first offense, a felony of up to five years and $1,000 for a second offense, and 10 years and $2,000 thereafter.

Additionally, it is a felony punishable by up to five years’ imprisonment or a maximum fine of $1,000, or both, for those convicted of mail theft with the intent to commit fraud.