New Bill Would Increase Penalties For Car Thefts In New Jersey

New Jersey Senators Richard Codey and Anthony Bucco will be introducing legislation to help counter the recent surge in car thefts.

The bill, which will be announced Thursday during a press conference, would increase the penalties for those convicted of motor vehicle theft or receiving a stolen motor vehicle.

It would also subject repeat offenders to the possibility of an extended term.

A juvenile who is found to have received a stolen vehicle would have to serve 60 days of community service, and a juvenile who has previously been adjudicated delinquent for a motor vehicle charge would be required to get a minimum 60-day period of incarceration.

Additionally, the bill would increase penalties for leaders of auto theft trafficking networks who conspire with others including a juvenile.

New Jersey saw a 22% increase in car thefts in 2021, and 2022 numbers are on track to surpass that total.

Earlier this year, the Murphy administration announced a policy reversal, allowing police to pursue stolen vehicles.

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