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The city has seen an increase in cell phone thefts. A state bill to ban machines which purchase old cell phones is moving forward on the grounds they offer phone thieves a quick payment.
| November 12, 2013 |
City Council is considering outlawing machines that dispense dollars in exchange for small electronics like smartphones and iPods as one way of curbing skyrocketing phone thefts.
| October 23, 2013 |
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New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman told the AP that New York state last year experienced a 40 percent spike in cell phone thefts.
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He added that stolen cell phones nationwide cost consumers more than $30 billion last year.