A Criminal Court jury convicted Walter Shegog, 55, of felony theft of property under $10,000 for stealing a silver Ford Mustang on Sept. 17, 2012, after pretending to be an interested car buyer.
Responding to a for-sale ad, Shegog called the 65-year-old owner and agreed to meet him at the Memphis Veterans Hospital on Jefferson. Instead of taking a test drive, however, Shegog drove off in the vehicle and did not return.
Two days later, police were called to a disturbance scene in the 1200 block of Tanglewood where a witness said Shegog had been driving the silver Ford Mustang parked nearby. When officers checked the VIN on the car, they learned it was stolen and arrested Shegog who had the keys in his pocket.
The defendant, who was on probation at the time on another felony, faces 12 years in prison when he is sentenced on Sept. 24 by Judge James Beasley Jr.
The case was handled by assistant district attorney Jose Leon of the DA’s Special Prosecution Unit (SPU) which seeks the maximum sentences allowed by law for repeat felony offenders.