HOLYOKE, Mass. (WWLP) – Massachusetts lawmakers are considering raising the threshold for felony larceny.
Currently, any theft valued higher than $250 is considered a felony in Massachusetts, but the State Senate on Thursday passed a bill to raise that number to $1,500.
Local residents told 22News it cuts both ways. Crystal Colon of Holyoke said, “I honestly feel that bringing that up to $1,500 will allow more people to steal more often.”
Joan Erwin of South Hadley said, “250 is really too low to be a felony charge because people make mistakes. I’d hate to see people get put away for a felony with one mistake where they stole $251.”
Attorney General Maura Healy said it’s been nearly three decades since the Massachusetts increased the felony threshold. The bill now moves to the House.