Ronald Wayne Crebs, III

Ronald Wayne Crebs, III

Casper Police Department

A homeless man accused of taking a car from a Casper auto shop pleaded guilty Wednesday as part of a deal that would send him to prison for four to seven years.

Ronald W. Crebs, III, 40, entered his plea in Natrona County District Court to a single felony count of wrongful taking or disposing of property. In exchange for his plea, prosecutors agreed to dismiss an additional felony count of burglary.

After entering his plea, Crebs told Judge Daniel Forgey he had taken a car sometime between Sept. 30 and Oct. 1 from Big Dawg Auto and kept it for approximately two days. Crebs said he did not have permission to take the car.

Forgey will have to accept the plea deal at Crebs’ sentencing hearing for it to take effect. If Forgey rejects the plea deal, Crebs will have the option to withdraw his plea and stand trial on the two charges.

Casper police have alleged Crebs took a 2003 Honda Civic from the shop, according to court documents.

Riverton police spotted the car on Oct. 2 and attempted to pull it over, but the driver refused to stop, the documents allege. Shortly after police gave up pursuit, a Toyota Sequoia was reported stolen. Police found the Civic at the house where the Toyota had been parked.

Wyoming Highway Patrol spotted Crebs driving the Toyota SUV on U.S. Highway 20-26 and used spike strips to stop it, according to the documents.

Crebs remained in custody Wednesday morning.

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Crime and Courts Reporter

Shane Sanderson is a Star-Tribune reporter who primarily covers criminal justice. Sanderson is a proud University of Missouri graduate. Lately, he’s been reading Cormac McCarthy and cooking Italian food. He writes about his own life in his free time.

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