HOUSTON POLICE CHIEF: LIFE IN PRISON FOR LOOTERS

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Houston’s Police Chief, Art Acevedo, is taking a hard-line stance on looters.

“This is the state of Texas. We are a welcoming city, but we are not going to tolerate people victimizing others,” Acevedo said.

According to reports, burglary now brings a penalty of 5 years to life in prison. And the district attorney is promising to prosecute every looter and burglar to the fullest extent of the law.

“People displaced or harmed in this storm are not going to be easy prey,” Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg said.

“Don’t come to Houston because you’re going to be caught,” Acevedo said. “That’s despicable behavior.”

KTRK reports:

Those arrested will face stiffer punishments under a Texas law providing heftier penalties during a crisis, prosecutors announced Tuesday. Burglarizing a home would normally bring a penalty of two to 20 years in prison, but now brings five years to life.

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