Detroit cops arrest illegal ‘Chop Shop’ and stolen car parts

DETROIT (WWJ) – The owner of an illegal chop shop on Detroit’s West Side found himself handcuffed after police conducted an inspection to find stolen vehicles and stripped car parts on the property.

The inspection by the Detroit Police Auto Theft Section was originally conducted on February 21 to confirm that the business in the 8000 block of W. Chicago was closed.

Photo credit The Detroit Police Department

The owner of an illegal chop shop on Detroit's West Side found himself handcuffed after police, while conducting an inspection, found stolen vehicles and stripped car parts on the property.

Photo credit The Detroit Police Department

The shop was not supposed to operate in accordance with City of Detroit Department of Buildings, Safety, Engineering and Environment (BSEED) guidelines.

Upon inspection, officers found a 2014 GMC Sierra on the property which returned as stolen when officers analyzed vehicle information. A warrant was issued for the building and police found vehicles that had been stripped and parts littered the floor and shelves inside.

The coins were seized by officers and were valued at over $100,000.

Officers released a list of stolen parts that were in the store to include:

• Chrysler Challenger 2012, engine and door
• 2009 Chevrolet Malibu, engine and transmission
• Chrysler 300 2013, engine, transmission and trunk lid
• 2017 Lincoln MKZ, doors and trunk lid
• Honda Civic 2007, engine and front firewall
• Lincoln MKZ 2017, 3 doors and trunk lid
• 2007 Honda Civic, front half

Authorities said in a news release that the doors to the business had been closed and the owner, a Dearborn man in his 30s, had been arrested.

Officers have not released the name of the owner and no other information has been made available at this time.

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