Montgomery County DA Warns That Looters Will Be Prosecuted

MONTGOMERY COUNTY, TX - Yesterday, Montgomery County DA Brett Ligon warned: Mandatory prison or jail time for those looting, stealing, or burglarizing during Harvey evacuation and recovery efforts.

DA Ligon announced today that his office will seek prison or jail time in each and every forthcoming case where the defendant stands charged with theft (looting), burglary, robbery, or any similar crime committed during Hurricane Harvey. Ligon stated "leniency and probation will be off the table for these offenses committed during this time."

Ligon further stated "law enforcement and first responder efforts have been tremendous in our County these last few days and they must remain focused." "We stand behind all our law enforcment agencies and will support their decisions to shut down and immediately arrest suspected criminals during this difficult time for our community."

State law also allows for enhanced punishment ranges for certain offenses committed during a declared natural disaster event.

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