CROCKETT, TX (KTRE) - A Houston County jury found a Trinity man guilty of stealing two zero-turn lawn mowers in 2013 and then leading authorities on a three-county chase.
The judge on the case will determine Michael Miracle's sentencing at a later date. He was found guilty of a third-degree felony theft charge.
Cody Wade, who is also from Trinity, was also involved in the theft. He accepted a plea bargain deal back in January. In exchange for pleading guilty to the theft charges, Wade agreed to a five-year prison sentence.
According to Crockett Police Chief David Cross, Miracle and Wade stole two zero-turn John Deere lawnmowers from Fish and Still Equipment in Crockett back in 2013.
The two men loaded the lawn mowers into a pickup and fled the scene, Cross said.
Cross said the two men dumped the lawn mowers on the side of the road, after they found out they were being pursued by authorities.
According to Trinity County Sheriff Woody Wallace, Trinity County deputies took over the chase of the two suspects once they crossed into Trinity County.
The two were eventually caught just inside Walker County.
Cross said police were able to recover the stolen lawn mowers about a mile and a half south of Lovelady on FM 230. The lawn mowers were said to be in good shape.
Both Miracle and Wade were charged with third-degree theft.