KATY — According to the Precinct 5 Constable Ted Heap’s office, starting last Sunday, state law considers porch piracy a felony.
This goes for anything from packages to mail theft.
Heap’s office states that those caught stealing from more than 50 people will be charged with a first degree felony. Those who steal from more than 20 victims will face second degree charges and, even if they steal from less than 10 victims, it’s still considered a state felony.
“These crimes are serious and the charges should be appropriately serious too,” said Constable Ted Heap. “Our deputies take pride in protecting the residents of our precinct from these thieves who have no right to steal from our homes and businesses.”
Punishment under the new House Bill 37 ranges from 6 months to 10 years in prison and includes a fine of between $4,000 and $10,000. In addition, charges can be upgraded for cases that include identity theft or disabled or elderly victims.
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