A state lawmaker introduced a bill that, if enacted, would penalize the dismantling and theft of vehicle parts.

Assemblywoman Michel Sánchez, of Morena, proposed an amendment to the Penal Code that would also include provisions to penalize theft of other vehicle components and accessories.

The legislator said the theft of vehicle parts has been an increasing crime.

According to Sánchez, the Penal Code only penalizes car theft, which leaves victims unprotected when vehicle parts are stolen.

The lawmaker said residents must have crimes properly legislated and written for their protection while granting due process principles. The proposal includes penalties of at least five years in prison for those convicted of theft of vehicle parts.

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