Man convicted in New Mexico refutes claims of similar crimes in Texas

New Mexico News

A body shop owner in Texas is being investigated for the same crimes he was convicted of in New Mexico. He admits to breaking the law in New Mexico, but said he is a different man today.

“He’d have one or two vehicles that he’d be working on continually asking the customer for money, finding more things wrong,” said Brent Grundstrom, the Police Chief in Seagraves, Texas.  

In two small towns, one not far from Lubbock, Texas, Casey Harper says he’s been getting a bad rap. 

Police in Seagraves, Texas have been investigating Harper and his ‘Knucklehead’s Garage.’ Years ago, he ran a body shop for classic car restoration out of Lovington, New Mexico.

While there, he was convicted of forgery and false evidence of a title. 

“Those things I was convicted of, now, I did. I screwed up, I made a mistake and I paid for that,” said Casey Harper.  

Harper is now speaking out, as new people accuse him of the same crimes in Texas.

“I can’t fix my past, I can work on the present and the future. I have nothing else that I can do,” he said. 

Harper said he left unfinished work in one of those Texas towns and opened shop in another, he says because of hostile customers. 

He admits he owes some people money but says he’s not a fraud, and that’s why he says he hasn’t been charged. 

“I’m one guy, one guy. And that’s all I can do is pay these people back that I oweโ€”and they will be paid back,” said Harper.  

Harper was recently arrested for a burglary charge from 1998.  While he has not been charged with any of these new accusations in Texas, police there say charges are pending.

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