The Pennsylvania House of Representatives has approved legislation to strengthen penalties for burglaries and robberies where the objective is to steal controlled substances.
House Bill 289 would amend the Pennsylvania Crimes Code, regarding sentences for burglary, robbery and theft of a controlled substance.
The measure was authored by Rep. Sheryl Delozier (R-Cumberland), who said pharmacy robberies are a growing problem in Pennsylvania.
"Many times, the stolen drugs end up being sold on the streets," Delozier said in a news release Tuesday. "These drugs have the potential to cause significant harm to our citizens if misused or abused, and those who put others in danger to obtain them should pay the consequences."
Under Delozier's bill, a burglary for the purpose of acquiring controlled substances would become a first-degree felony.
The legislation now moves to the Senate for consideration.