Porch pirates and mail thieves in Texas could face felony, jail time under new law

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A new Texas will go after porch pirates and mail thieves starting Sept. 1.

When state law enforcement officials make a stop or find a large amount of mail that doesn’t belong to the individual they encounter, authorities can only give them a citation or charge them with a Class C misdemeanor, without an arrest.

But KSAT reports that starting in September, the person could face a felony with the following offense classification:

  • Class A misdemeanor if they were found with less than 10 pieces of mail (up to one year in jail and or a maximum fine of $4,000)
  • State jail felony if they had anywhere from 10 to 30 pieces of mail from different addresses (180 days to 2 years in state jail and a fine of up to $10,000)
  • A third-degree felony if they had more than 30 pieces of mail from different addresses, (two to ten years in prison and a fine of up to $10,000)

If the person was found to be targeting the victim for identity theft, the offense will increase. It can also be increased if the person was targeting the elderly or disabled.

Rep. Ina Minjarez says the bill hopefully be a deterrent for the crimes. She told the San Antonio ABC station that the bill was supported by Amazon and will be used to lobby other states in passing similar laws.

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