Cops: Man Sold Mustang He Was Hired To Fix

1993 Mustang GT Hatchback

NEW BRITAIN, CT – Police arrested a 28-year-old man who was hired to fix a 1993 Ford Mustang, but instead sold it to an unsuspecting buyer, police said.

The owner had brought the car to Rios Autos on Saint Claire Avenue in August for repairs, police said. The suspect, James Shumpert, said the car would go in a storage facility while he fixed it.

When the owner checked up on his vehicle, Shumpert said he couldn’t get it out of storage because the owner of the facility was in jail, police said.

But the Mustang wasn’t in a storage facility. Shumpert had sold it for $2,500 and forged the owner’s name on the bill of sale and registration, police said. The woman who bought it realized something was amiss when she tried to register the car at the Department of Motor Vehicles.

She learned that the title was with the original owner. She contacted the original owner who then called the police.

Shumpert is charged with second-degree forgery, criminal impersonation, third-degree larceny by false pretenses and third-degree larceny by embezzlement.

It is unclear what Shumpert’s position was at Rios Autos. An owner of the business said Shumpert never worked there.

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