EL PASO, Texas — Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, signed House Bill 37, making it a felony to steal the mail and packages.
The punishment varies on how many items are stolen:
- – First-degree felony if someone stole from more than 50 different people.
- – Second-degree felony for stealing from 20 to 50 people different people.
- – Third-degree felony for stealing from 10 to 20 different people.
- – A state felony for stealing from less than 10 different people.
Felons convicted could face anywhere between 180 days to 10 years in prison.
Additionally, a convict could receive a fine of $4,000 to $10,000 or more.
Amazon supported the bill and says it will continue to push to pass similar bills in other states across the nation.