Couple With Automatic Handgun Try to Stop Car From Being Towed

Sussex couple trying to stop a tow truck driver from taking their Dodge Charger face charges from incident.

A Sussex couple is facing charges after they tried to stop a tow truck driver from repossessing their car while one of them was holding a automatic handgun.

Michele M. Degaro, 44, and Ricky L. Degaro, 47, were charged in Waukesha County Circuit Court Tuesday with one count of disorderly conduct and one count of carrying a concealed weapon. If convicted, she faces up to 90 days in jail and he faces up to one year in prison.

According to the criminal complaint:

On Aug. 31, a tow truck driver for repo company went to the couple’s apartment complex in the N5900 block of Maple Avenue to seize their Dodge Charger. While trying to take the car, the couple confronted the driver, then Michele Degaro began to try and un-strap the truck from the car and Ricky Degaro jumped into the car holding the gun in his left hand. The driver then ran from the scene and contacted the Waukesha County Sheriff’s Department while Degaro kept trying to back the car off of the tow truck, causing the tires to squeal.

When deputies arrived, Michele Degaro ran up to the deputy and refused to go back into her apartment, so the officer placed her in handcuffs. Ricky Degaro was still in the car and eventually came out and was also handcuffs.

The deputy found a loaded .38 caliber automatic handgun with Degaro at the time.

The couple will make their initial appearance in court Oct. 1.  

Mike B September 20, 2012 at 01:18 PM
MKEgal December 01, 2012 at 10:12 PM
Yeah, they're morons for using a gun to stop their car from being stolen. But if they were living in an apartment in Sussex, I seriously doubt if they really had an automatic handgun. There are very very very few in the hands of normal citizens, and they cost tens of thousands of dollars. Where are the fact checkers? Probably a semiauto. Those are common. And they're still trying to charge people with concealed carry for having a gun in a car? Seriously?? The laws changed over a year ago to make that legal, as long as it isn't concealed (or the carrier has a license). Just being in a car does _not_ make the pistol concealed. Why is the DA wasting people's taxes persecuting people for charges that they'll never be convicted of?
Joseph December 01, 2012 at 10:52 PM
167.31 says nothing about being open or concealed. I don't know how DAs don't understand that.
Doug Huffman December 02, 2012 at 11:33 AM
The charges are listed at the Wisconsin Circuit Court Access site, there is no evidence that the charges are from Chapter 167. They are §941.23 Carrying a concealed weapon, which Annotations, impervious to 2011 Act 35, still list elements from Keith and Walls. State v Sutterfield did not reach the level to affect case law.


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