Task force busts 'unusual' chop shop in Phoenix

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by Jennifer Thomas

azfamily.com

Posted on March 10, 2010 at 10:49 AM

Updated Wednesday, Mar 10 at 2:18 PM

PHOENIX -- Detectives from the Arizona Vehicle Theft Task Force uncovered an auto chop shop operation in Phoenix Tuesday evening.

According to the Department of Public Safety, someone at a home near Sweetwater and 33rd avenues was cutting up stolen vehicles and selling the parts.

Detectives recovered two pickup trucks, two Honda sedans and one full-size SUV at the home.

"What makes this unique is that this chop shop is at a residence," said DPS spokesman Sgt. Kevin Wood. "That's very unusual. Usually they're in some sort of business where the people have room to work."

Wood said what's even more unusual is that some of the vehicles were inside the home. He said the chop shop operated on a busy street and there wasn't a carport or a garage. The work was being conducted inside the house and in the backyard.

One man was arrested on multiple felonies, including operating a chop shop.

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