AUSTIN (Covering Katy News) - A new Texas law set to go into effect September 1, 2019 will make it a felony to steal anything considered mail, including letters, postcards, packages and other sealed items. The law is being promoted by the Fulshear Police Department on its Facebook page in an effort to scare-off porch pirates.
"It's a first-degree felony if you steal from more than 50 people, a second-degree felony if you steal from 20-50 people, and a state felony if you steal from less than 10 people," the Fulshear P.D. post said. "Under House Bill 37, if you're caught and convicted, you could spend anywhere from six months to 10 years in prison."
The fine can range from $4,000 to $10,000 according to the Fulshear P.D.
Charges can be upgraded in cases involving identity theft or the targeting of disabled or elderly residents.