‘Porch pirates for the targeted harsher punishment in Texas legislature proposals

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Two Texas state legislators to draft legislation that would make the package theft, also known as the “porch piracy”, a prison offence in the state, a report says.

Bills in the state house of representatives and the Senate, the accused are criminally-package thieves the same as if you were home burglars, the Houston Chronicle reported. The legislative sponsors, state Rep. Ina Minjarez, D-San Antonio, and state Sen. Jose Menendez, D-San Antonio.

“It is easy prey,” Sgt. Eugenio Gonzalez of the Houston Police Department’s burglary and theft division, said the Veranda of the piracy crime, to increase the tend, during the holiday season, according to the paper.


Theft of 10 or less parts of the E-mail is a state jail felony with a sentence of imprisonment would be reported for up to two years in prison, according to the filings, the paper. Theft of more than 10 but less than 50 items would be a third degree crime with a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison, the report said.


Theft of 50 or more items would be a second degree felony with a 20-year maximum prison sentence, according to the paper.

If passed, it will take the exchange effect in 2019, the Houston Chronicle reports.

The current penalty for theft depends on the value of the stolen property, with the help of which you dealt with every theft of a value of less than $2,500 as an administrative offence and is greater than this amount is considered a crime, according to the Texas Penal Code.


News agencies have been filled in recent weeks with stories of the porch piracy. Christmas in Colorado, for example, the house owner Renee Abeyta chased a woman who stole a package from her porch. Abeyta also the entire encounter recorded on video.

San Francisco is also dealing with a Veranda piracy, so that the term “Amazon stolen package” of the most commonly searched phrase on Google in the city, according to reports.

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