Failed Traffic Stop Leads Police To 'Chop Shop' In Detroit

WWJ News
October 18, 2019 - 10:22 am

DETROIT (WWJ) - Michigan State Police have launched an investigation into a possible auto theft ring in Detroit.

The investigation unfolded Thursday after troopers attempted to stop a vehicle. The driver fled at a high rate of speed, but not before troopers were able to get the license plate number off the car.

Troopers went to the address linked to the driver and observed a vehicle parked in the driveway that matched the same make, model and color of the vehicle that fled earlier. 

When they went to investigate the car, troopers observed an illegal electrical hookup at the meter on the residence. Police say troopers also saw a marijuana grow operation in the back yard. At that point, a search warrant was sought and executed. 

During a search of the home, troopers recovered a pistol, shotgun and a stolen 2014 Dodge Charger. They also discovered evidence of a "chop shop" operation in the back yard.

Troopers are continuing their investigation into the suspect, as well as a possible auto theft ring affiliated with the suspect.