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DC Council takes up bill to deter robberies

Thursday - 6/27/2013, 6:00pm  ET

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The D.C. Council is taking up legislation that would revoke the business license of stores that buy and sell stolen merchandise, including cellphones.

The measure is set to come before the Council's public safety and judiciary committee on Friday.

Committee chairman Tommy Wells, who had pushed for the legislation, says the bill is designed to deter robberies by eliminating an economic incentive for the crime.

He says there's been an increase in violent crime related to robbery of personal belongings.

Abby Maslin, whose husband, T.C., was brutally beaten in Capitol Hill last August and robbed of his cellphone, says in an email to The Associated Press that efforts to stop the sale of stolen goods can play a role in improving public safety.

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