A Houston man was charged with stealing 70 personal computers and selling them on eBay, according to the Houston Chronicle. The man allegedly had a gambling debt and purchased the PCs using UPS funds. He then allegedly sold them on eBay.
The case is a good example of the value ladder of theft charges and the Harris County Bail Schedule. In Harris County if someone is charged with a Third Degree Felony and the accused has no prior convictions, the bond will be set at $5,000, as it was in this case. Because the theft alleged in the present case is between $20,000 and $100,000 the case is charged as a Third Degree Felony with a range of punishment between 2-10 years in prison.
Under Texas Penal Code Sec. 31.03. THEFT. (a) A person commits an offense if he unlawfully appropriates property with intent to deprive the owner of property. The level of offense for a theft is based on value of the property that is alleged to have been stolen. Theft charges cover the full range of punishment levels of the penal code. The following is the value ladder for theft in Texas:
Class C Misdemeanor
- Less than$20 (theft of property by check)
- Less than$50
Class B Misdemeanor
- Greater than$20 but less than $500 (theft of property by check)
- Greater than $50 but less than $500
Class A Misdemeanor
- Greater than $500 but less than $1,500
State Jail Felony
- Greater than$1,500 but less than $20,000
Third Degree Felony
- Greater than$20,000 but less than$100,000
Second Degree Felony
- Greater than $100,000 but less than $200,000
First Degree Felony
- $200,000 plus
If you or someone you know is need of a Houston Theft Attorney call Texas Board Certified Attorney Mario Madrid at 713-877-9400.