New Texas state law makes mail, porch pirating a felony

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.


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