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Governor signs bill making stealing packages, mail a felony


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Texas Gov. Greg Abbott signed House Bill 37, making it a felony to steal mail and packages. The bill, set to take effect Sept. 1, 2019, says any letter, postal card, package, bag or other sealed item addressed to an individual is considered mail. This includes items from delivery companies like UPS and FedEx left on porches and other areas of private property.

Any individual who steals a listed item that has not been received by the person it was addressed to is violating the new law.
The punishment varies on how many items are stolen:
A first-degree felony if someone stole from more than 50 different people.
– A second-degree felony for stealing from 20 to 50 people different people.
– A 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 – $10,000 or more.


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