WITH Philadelphia recently ranked as the No. 1 city for cellphone thefts, Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds Brown is seeking to ban machines that dispense instant cash for electronic devices.
A bill she is introducing today would outlaw "automated purchasing machines," which many fear enable thieves to quickly unload their loot and pocket a handsome reward. Newer iPhones can fetch hundreds on the spot.
"Cellphone robberies are the crime of today, and far too many of them are turning violent," Reynolds Brown said in a statement. "We as a city cannot allow further incentives [to] entice criminal activity."
Philly's only machine is in the Franklin Mills Mall.