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Shepherd helps catch thieves

Posted on: March 1, 2011 4:52 pm
Edited on: March 1, 2011 4:53 pm
Posted By Pete Pistone

Courtesy Faith Motorsports

Most NASCAR drivers don't come to mind when you think of Las Vegas crimefighters, but then again, most NASCAR drivers aren't 69-year-old Morgan Shepherd.

The veteran of 44 NASCAR seasons was getting out of his rental car in the parking lot of a Wal-Mart store Monday evening just minutes away from Las Vegas Motor Speedway just as three men burst from the store's entrance with security forces trailing behind. Thats when Shepherd, a daily jogger and fitness perfectionist, sprang into action.

"I just got out and took off after them," Shepherd said. "I caught one of them just as they were getting ready to hop a little wall at the end of the parking lot. I yanked him down and got on top of him."

Shepherd said in a matter of seconds a Las Vegas police officer pitched the ageless NASCAR driver a pair and handcuffs and continued pursuit of the other two suspects, along with the store's security force.

"I cuffed him and sat on top of him," Shepherd said. "The police department officers showed up and asked if I could hold him a while longer while they ran down the others. I told them he wasn't going anywhere." Shepherd said while the young shoplifter pleaded with him to let him go and about the possibility of going to jail, Shepherd used the time to lecture the youth about his poor choices.

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Since: Mar 17, 2009
Posted on: March 4, 2011 6:17 pm

Shepherd helps catch thieves

Pure awesome.  Now that's a man with tiger blood.

Since: Oct 6, 2006
Posted on: March 3, 2011 7:28 pm

Shepherd helps catch thieves

He is the superhero on roller skates.

Since: Feb 27, 2011
Posted on: March 2, 2011 12:24 pm

Shepherd helps catch thieves

Shepherd has always been a good driver, but more importantly a great man. Stay young and keep racing, my man.

Since: Mar 15, 2010
Posted on: March 2, 2011 9:51 am

Shepherd helps catch thieves

Great job Shepherd! Glad he didn't have to drive to catch the theives! :)

Since: Nov 14, 2006
Posted on: March 2, 2011 9:26 am

Shepherd helps catch thieves

You might not have won many Cup races but in the race of life......You are a winner!!!!

Since: Dec 4, 2007
Posted on: March 1, 2011 10:12 pm

Shepherd helps catch thieves

Morgan has always been a respectable person, and really of all possible drivers I'm not surprised it was him that did this.  Hopefully the punk learned somethin while talkin to Morgan before being taken to prison.

Since: Aug 24, 2007
Posted on: March 1, 2011 7:56 pm

Shepherd helps catch thieves

THough a little scary from the prospect of you don't know if they're armed, I commend his actions.  It's a dwindling thing in these times for people to interfere in things like this.  I am sure that the thug will never sdpeak of this again.  Imagine his story.  "Yeah, I got caught and sat on by a 69 year old guy." 

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