Gov. Abbott Signs in Law Making Package Theft a Felony
SAN ANGELO, TX -- Governor Greg Abbott signed a bill into a law making mail and package theft a felony.
On June 10, Abbott signed in Texas House Bill 37 making package and mail thefts a felony charge. The law will begin being enforced on September 1.
The following is the punishment for mail theft:
- 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.
This law is being placed after an alarming Christmas season where a large number of package thefts were reported.
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