Forgery in the state of Texas falls under the category of theft. It is also a form of fraud. Someone who commits forgery with the intent to deceive could be charged with fraud or theft, but the intent to deceive is an important component of the charge in most jurisdictions.
Law enforcement authorities with the Texas Rangers recently charged a justice of the peace with felony theft between $1,000 and $20,000. Reportedly, the judge was taken into custody on Oct. 13 and later released on a personal recognizance bond. The woman, who is the serving justice of the peace for Brooks County, allegedly wrote a series of checks to illegal game rooms in Falfurrias.
Police say that two females taken into custody on Oct. 16 confessed to 50 break-ins across multiple cities in northern portion of Texas. Authorities first made contact with the women after a traffic stop that took place at 4 a.m. that morning after an illegal lane change. When police approached their vehicle, they saw power tools, a vice grip and a lock cutter.
The state of Texas has a lot of watercraft theft compared to most other parts of the country. According to data from the National Insurance Crime Bureau, Texas ranks number three for watercraft theft after Florida and California. Although Texas is still one of the top five states for watercraft theft, there were fewer watercraft thefts in 2014 than there have been in other years.
The illicit activity of cattle rustling is on an upsurge in places like Texas and Oklahoma. According to authorities, rising beef prices and drug addiction are to blame.
Credit card fraud is a felony in Texas. Its definition includes a number of different acts. To offer a few examples, each of using another person's credit card, selling a card, buying a card from other than its issuer, making use of a fictitious card, or using a card that has expired or been revoked may constitute credit card fraud under the Texas Penal Code.
Police say that a 32-year-old man was taken into custody for committing theft at a Saratoga Boulevard Walmart in Corpus Christi. Cameras showed the man walking around the store with his 9-year-old daughter putting merchandise into empty plastic bags. Authorities say that they walked out of the store without paying for the merchandise. Additionally, employees caught his 10-year-old daughter and 15-year-old son walking out of the store with merchandise that was not paid for.
A football player set to start his college playing career as a wide receiver at the University of North Texas was arrested on theft charges at a Texas Wal-Mart. The man was taken into custody after he and another man were arrested for stealing goods valued between $50 and $500. Under state law, this is a Class B misdemeanor.
As Texas residents may know, a police chase in Dallas on Feb. 4 resulted in the apprehension of three individuals. According to sheriff's deputies from Dallas County, the fleeing vehicle had been stolen the previous month.
A Houston man was recently convicted in federal court for his part in a major shoplifting and fencing operation responsible for the loss of $10 million a year in merchandise. The alleged theft crimes occurred between 2008 and 2012.The Houston Police Department and Harris County Sheriff's Office worked together with the FBI on the investigation that ended in the arrests of the Houston man and other members of the shoplifting ring. According to the FBI, the theft crimes operation had ties to the Middle East.