Jury finds Harlingen man guilty of burglary

Jury finds Harlingen man guilty of burglary

POSTED: Thursday, January 9, 2014 - 8:43am

UPDATED: Thursday, January 9, 2014 - 8:44am

A jury found Harlingen resident Michael David Ramirez guilty of second-degree robbery he committed in June 2013.

Ramirez, 35, entered the backyard of a Harlingen residence in the early-morning hours in an attempt to steal lawn equipment. Ramirez was confronted by the property owner who witnessed him enter the property. The owner followed Ramirez as he was fleeing with the stolen equipment. A startled Ramirez then threatened to harm the owner.

As Ramirez drove away with the stolen property, the owner was able to recall the vehicle description when he spotted it blocks away. Police were provided a license plate number of the vehicle and issued a warrant for Ramirez’s arrest. Ramirez was later apprehended when a routine traffic stop revealed the warrant for his arrest. “It wasn’t just about a stolen weed eater,” District Attorney Luis V. Saenz said. “Ramirez violated the sanctity of the home where families should feel safe.”

Assistant District Attorneys Carlos Martinez and Gustavo Elizondo prosecuted the case in the 445th state District Court with Judge Rolando Olvera presiding. Judge Olvera will sentence Ramirez in February. He faces up to 20 years in prison with a maximum fine of up to $10,000.

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