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Crime Trackers: Convicted felon convicted again

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A convicted felon is up to his old tricks again. Only this time, the evidence was overwhelming against him.

He was the state's star witness and he didn't have to take the stand. His cell phone did all the talking.

“We have to find the United Car Care microchip dude,” said 34-year-old convicted felon Daniel Tegart. He was talking to a possible accomplice a year ago. “This is a locating device, I’ll find it,” he said.

Pima County Sheriff’s Auto Theft detectives Jason Ayers and Shawn Magg found Tegart hiding under a bed when they served the search warrant at his house.

“In the course of serving the search warrant,  they were able to find a SIM card that led them to some pretty incriminating evidence,” said Sgt. Kevin Kubinsky, who heads the auto theft unit.

Tegart, who previously spent time in prison on auto theft charges, didn't realize he was recording himself and his possible accomplice as he stole a Lincoln SUV in Oct. 2014.

“The flashlight on the phone is activated and it also activates video camera on the phone, so it records everything your doing,” said Kubinsky.

It happened at night, so Tegart used the flashlight app.

Kubinsky said the vehicle he stole was supposed to be theft proof “because of the fact that it uses frequencies and what not to stop the ignition from being from being turned over.”

The vehicle was stolen from Truck Time, near Grant and Oracle roads.  Detectives said the thieves even damaged another car that was parked near it in order to get to the Lincoln SUV.

In the video that is over an hour long, you can see wires and a lot of movement. Tegart told the person he was with, who hasn't been arrested, what his plans are with the vehicle.

“He is going to dismantle the vehicle, use parts on other vehicles," said Kubinsky.

On the video, you can hear the vehicle’s ignition turn over. Tegart mentioned how nice the SUV runs and is also impressed with the audio system.

Detectives located the SUV several weeks later. It had been stripped, just as he said in the video. This is also what a Pima County jury heard last month.

“It was pretty clear watching the video and stopping the frames on those one second frames to show the pictures and comparing those to known pictures of Daniel Tegart it was an exact match,” said Kubinsky.

The detective gave kudos to the prosecutor, Danielle Jones, for putting together a strong solid case.

It took the jury just two hours to convict Daniel Tegart of auto theft, burglary and possessing burglary tools.  He's facing a maximum prison sentence of 25 years. 

The management of Truck Time, where the vehicle was stolen, declined to comment.

Detectives said the possible accomplice remains on the loose. If you have information, call 911 or 88-CRIME.

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