November 27, 2018
A Baytown man was sentenced to 14 years in prison after pleading guilty to a burglary in which he tried to steal lawn equipment from a garage, Harris County prosecutors announced Tuesday.
Donald Feit, 49, who has previously been to prison for a burglary conviction, walked into an open garage in broad daylight at a home on Burning Tree Drive in July 2017.
Moments later, a homeowner, who’d been doing yard work and had gone inside for water, saw Feit with his trimmer and a leaf blower.
Feit dropped the equipment, ran to a nearby sport-utility vehicle, and sped away. Baytown Police tracked down the SUV by its license plate number and arrested Feit.
”Burglars violate the sanctity of people’s homes,” Assistant District Attorney Michael Hanover said after the Monday sentencing. “And this guy was brazen enough yet again to not even care someone was there.”
Feit was previously sentenced to 10 years in prison for burglarizing a home in 2007 in which he smashed a window at 1:40 a.m. while a resident was inside sleeping.
Baytown Police followed a trail of blood to nearby yard, where they found Feit and a purse stolen from the home.
“We take the safety of our citizens and the sanctity of their homes and property very seriously,” said Lt. Steve Dorris of the Baytown Police Dept. “We are thankful this case was so strong that he pleaded guilty and are hopeful that he will remain in prison where he can’t victimize anyone else.”