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Weak Laws, Fed Oversight Equal More Crime

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Tuesday, 17 May 2016 10:53 AM Current | Bio | Archive

Here’s another failure in civic education I’m ready to attribute to California’s failing schools. CBS Los Angeles reports that Westchester, Riverside, West Hollywood, and Corona, Calif., have been experiencing an epidemic of mail theft. 

How is this the fault of the schools?

Schools have failed, evidently, to explain to California’s criminal class the difference between state law and federal law. In California, thanks to leftists who believe criminals are victims of the system and voters who fell for that load of BS, the passage of Proposition 47 meant that any theft under $950 was a misdemeanor, instead of a felony.

Consequently shoplifting and other forms of theft have increased rapidly across the state. Stealing mail is in a different category, and California law doesn’t apply.

Theft of any amount from a mailbox is a federal crime and is considered a felony with a maximum of five years in jail and a $250,000 fine. Well–educated thieves would know the difference and California residents' mail would be safe.

Unfortunately these mopes aren’t well–educated and mail theft is growing fast too. Lisa Gaines, a mail theft victim herself, explained, “There’s been two people, one in a car and one jogging down the street. The person in the car drives ahead, the person behind jogs like he belongs in the neighborhood, empties the mailbox, then throws it into the open window of the car.”

On the other hand, maybe the thieves do know the difference, and at the same time are well aware of the USPS’ reputation for initiative and customer service.

Another resident with a mail problem is Candace Blankenship. She’s noticed someone is putting a sticky substance on the blue mailboxes with the handle doors that swivel out to take mail and then swivel back to drop the mail inside.

The substance causes mail to stick to the door and after the customer leaves, the thief can free it and take the mail away. Blankenship has complained several times and encountered the USPS can’t do attitude.

“I went into the post office, and I asked to speak with a supervisor. She came out, spoke to me, and I said: ‘Do you know you’ve got sticky stuff on the outside of your outside mailboxes?’ ” Blankenship said the supervisor’s response to her was: "‘We know the problem exists.’ I said, ‘Well, how long is it going to take to fix the problem?'”

So, as usual, the law–abiding are caught in the middle. Between California law that prevents the authorities from cracking down on theft and federal authorities who have the law on their side, but can’t be bothered.

Michael Reagan, the eldest son of President Reagan, is a Newsmax TV analyst. A syndicated columnist and author, he chairs The Reagan Legacy Foundation. Michael is an in-demand speaker with Premiere speaker’s bureau. Read more reports from Michael Reagan — Go Here Now.


 

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As usual, the law–abiding are caught in the middle. Between California law that prevents the authorities from cracking down on theft and federal authorities who have the law on their side, but can’t be bothered.
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