An increasingly common problem for retailers in Texas and other parts of the country is the use of credit card skimmers. This is why law enforcement officers are making an effort to help store owners better defend their gas pumps by minimizing issues with small devices used to illegally gather sensitive credit card information. Between 2017 and 2018 there was a threefold increase in skimmer installations in San Antonio alone, according to police.
Theft of packages from residential doorsteps is a crime that can often get a lot of attention on TV news and social media. However, Texas lawmakers are trying to curb the problem by increasing the penalties. The proposed new law would mean defendants charged with package theft would be prosecuted just like home burglars. If the law passes, a person convicted of stealing 10 or fewer packages could receive up to two years in prison. Stealing 50 or more packages could result in a 20-year maximum prison term.
Larceny is a non-violent crime where someone takes another person's property without using force. In the state of Texas, it's also considered larceny to buy or take a stolen good if the recipient doesn't take some kind of action to prove it's not stolen. This offense has a wide range of severity levels from a Class C misdemeanor to a first-degree felony depending on the amount stolen and other circumstances.
In the state of Texas, theft is defined as taking property coupled with an intent to deprive its true owner of it. An individual may also commit theft when he or she takes something from another person that is known to be stolen. A theft may be committed regardless of the value of the item that is taken, but the actual charge against a person may vary depending on at item's value.