Trenton resident Tracy Hass, 48, was sentenced to 10 years in prison Wednesday for burglary and theft.

Trenton resident Tracy Hass, 48, was sentenced to 10 years in prison Wednesday for burglary and theft.


The sentence is the result of an incident in January 2012 wherein Hass was discovered with a carload of stolen goods near Whitewright. Grayson County Sheriff’s Deputies found Hass’ vehicle, filled with $5,200 of goods stolen from a nearby vacant property, stuck in a ditch. Most of the stolen objects were heavy car parts, "the weight of which had contributed to the car being stuck in the ditch," a press release from the Grayson County District Attorney’s office notes.


Hass was under the influence of methamphetamine when the burglary occurred, says the release.


Hass’ girlfriend, Coleen Williams, testified at the trial that she had committed the burglary, and Hass was innocent. At the time of the trial, Williams had already been convicted and served jail time for her role in the incident. Details she gave about the theft, however, conflicted with Hass’ own statements at the time of the arrest, says the release.


The charges of which Hass was convicted usually carry a maximum sentence of 2 years in jail, but Hass had several prior convictions that raised the maximum to 20 years in prison. According to the District Attorney’s Office, he had been convicted of burglary and theft seven times in Grayson, Fannin and Lamar counties. Judge Rayburn Nall of the 59th District Court passed the sentence after the jury found Hass guilty on both counts.


Assistant District Attorney Britton Brooks handled the case for Grayson County. He had harsh words to say about scrapping, the act of stealing scrap metal from vacant lots, calling it "a plague on this county." Such crimes are often fueled by drug use and addiction, Brooks said. "We are doing all we can to put an end to this."


David Zedler, who represented the defendant, could not be reached for comment Friday.