Gov. Ron DeSantis has signed legislation expanding law enforcement’s ability to bolster charges against thieves described as “traveling criminals.”
State law currently allows authorities to enhance burglary charges if the offender crossed county lines to commit the crime. The same law, however, also requires authorities to prove a burglar moved across county lines to thwart law enforcement and counter property recovery efforts.
With the change, officials will be able to increment the degree of a charge without proving that a person traveled across jurisdictions to thwart law enforcement’s attempts to track items stolen in a burglary.
Stuart Republican Sen. Gayle Harrell worked on the origina...