Porch pirates may soon get a surprise in Texas, and it's not one that comes in a box.
It will come in the form of felony charges when they're caught stealing from unsuspecting mail recipients.
The packages were taken nine minutes after they were delivered to the Fort Worth home as shown in the security video posted by the victim, the newspaper reported.
Ashleigh Powell told The Star-Telegram, "I work on a special-needs campus and spend a good amount of money making sure they have the supplies they need. So this year we started off with less than we had hoped but we will replace it at some point."
Powell said she has had other packages stolen from her porch, and that porch pirates hit her neighborhood frequently. Powell had a bicycle pump and drill taken in the past.
Starting Sept. 1, porch pirates can be charged with a felony when they take anything that is considered mail - that includes letters, postcards and packages, Fulshear police reminded citizens via Facebook.
It is a first-degree felony if someone steals from more than 50 people, a second-degree felony if someone steals from 20 to 50 people and a state felony if someone steals from fewer than 10 people.
The prison sentence, if convicted, can be from six months to 10 years behind bars and a fine of $4,000 to $10,000.
If the victim is elderly or if there is identity theft involved, there could be upgraded charges, Fulshear police said.
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