Shelby deputies arrest man in house squatting case

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) -- Shelby County sheriff's deputies have arrested a man charged in a house squatting case.

The sheriff's office announced Wednesday that deputies spotted 46-year-old Devitoe Farmer leaving a house that was under construction and arrested him without incident.

Devitoe was wanted on charges of theft of property over $60,000.

A Shelby County judge allowed him probation on a conviction that he stole government property by moving into a home that had been foreclosed upon. Investigators said Devitoe -- who has described himself as a sovereign citizen -- then moved back into the house, which is owned by the federal government.

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