New Law Means Porch Pirates In Texas Will Face Felony Charges

NORTH TEXAS (CBSDFW.COM) – Porch pirates beware, Texas Governor Greg Abbott has signed House Bill 37 into law, making it a felony to steal mail and packages from someone’s property.

Now anyone convicted of package theft will face anywhere from 6 months to 10 years in prison and fines of up to $10,000. The severity of punishment depends on how many times a theft was committed and the value of the stolen item/items.

Currently in Texas package theft is prosecuted similar to shoplifting, with a Class C Misdemeanor ticket or a Class B Misdemeanor charge.

But under the new law if a thief steals from less than 10 people they will face a state felony charge;…

Original published: 2019-06-19 11:56:39 Read the full Dallas News here


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