Chicago steps up enforcement of stolen cell phone ordinance

Chicago steps up enforcement of stolen cell phone ordinance{ }(Courtesy of MGN Online)

Chicago is cracking down on cell phone theft.

The city passed an ordinance in October placing stricter regulations on cell phone resellers.

Over the weekend, the city's Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection raided 44 businesses and found 14 of them did not take the required steps to determine if the phones people were offering to sell were stolen.

Store owners are required to run used phones through a national database, hold them for 30 days, and check the seller's ID before they can resell the phones.

Since October, more than 300 businesses that sell used cell phones have been investigated and nearly half weren't complying with the ordinance.