Stealing cable is a crime. The penalties for stealing cable can vary depending on the frequency and severity of the instance. It can be simply fines raning from a few hundred dollars to a thousands of dollars, to a misdemeanor charge. In extreme cases it can be a felony. Fines can rance from $1,000 and/or 6 months inprisonment to $50,000 and five years imprisonment. If you are receiving cable and not paying for it, please contact Mediacom and set up a legal connection by calling 1-800-332-0245.