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Man In Detroit Busted For Running Chop Shop For Second Time

"We were here last year. Same thing," Detroit police sergeant Otha Craighead said.

November 19, 2018 - 5:04 pm
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DETROIT (WWJ) -- A Detroit man could be heading back to jail after being busted for running a "chop shop" for the second time in as many years.

Detroit police sergeant Otha Craighead tells WWJ that six people were arrested Monday for running an illegal car theft ring at a home in the 14000 block of Rutland Street near Schoolcraft Avenue and the Southfield Freeway on the city's west side.

Dodge Challenger engine (Photo: Sandra McNeill/WWJ)
Police found at least 10 vehicles, four engines and various auto parts during the bust.

One of the engines found at the scene was taken from a brand new Dodge Challenger that had been stolen from a car dealership lot in Ohio. The vehicle had not even been registered with the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles, Craighead said.

Craighead says one of the suspects was arrested for running an identical operation about a year ago. He had just been released from jail and was on probation.

"We were here last year," Craighead said. "Same thing. Chop shop, we executed a search warrant at the location and this year, same thing."

Craighead says police were tipped off on the case when they received a call from a concerned citizen who saw a vehicle being pushed down the street. 

The suspects' names have not been released.