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Ohio Victim Supports Plan to Fight Cell Phone Theft

Updated: Friday, August 2 2013, 11:42 PM EDT
COLUMBUS (Dana Jay) -- A 71-year-old man who was beaten on a COTA bus for his cell phone is speaking out in favor of a plan to curb theft of the devices. 

Don Leonard appeared alongside U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown, (D)-Ohio, and officers from the Columbus Police Department Wednesday as Brown announced a plan to prevent the resale of stolen phones. 

“Make the damn thing useless… eventually [thieves] will stop trying to steal,” Leonard said.

The proposed federal legislation would make it illegal to alter International Mobile Equipment Identity numbers. 

Thieves change the numbers -- which Brown likened to a vehicle identification number --to avoid detection.

The measure was introduced last week.Ohio Victim Supports Plan to Fight Cell Phone Theft

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