Houston’s prime regulation officer is warning would-be looters amid flooding from Harvey.
Police Chief Artwork Acevedo stated throughout a information convention Tuesday that armed robbers have been apprehended in a single day and a “handful” of looters have been additionally taken into custody.
Acevedo says he is spoken with the Harris County district lawyer’s workplace to make sure anybody suspected of looting is prosecuted. He additionally says he’ll foyer judges and prosecutors to safe probably the most extreme punishment Texas regulation permits.
State regulation permits for penalty enhancements for crimes like housebreaking and theft that happen throughout a state of catastrophe.
On Monday afternoon, through the third day of the catastrophe, the Montgomery County District Lawyer’s Workplace additionally posted a warning for criminals: there shall be obligatory jail time for looters, thieves or burglars caught victimizing space residents.
“(District Lawyer Brett) Ligon introduced right now that his workplace will search jail or jail time in each forthcoming case the place the defendant stands charged with theft (looting), housebreaking, theft, or any comparable crime dedicated throughout Hurricane Harvey,” the workplace posted on Fb. “Leniency and probation might be off the desk for these offenses dedicated throughout this time.”
In response to the DA’s workplace, criminals also can face enhanced penalties for committing a criminal offense throughout a declared pure catastrophe.
In the meantime, Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez issued an analogous warning on Twitter.
“To crooks on the market, be warned! No looting & burglaries. We won’t have it. My jail is open and you’ll be arrested & charged,” Gonzalez posted on Monday morning.