Detroit police bust suspected chop shop recovering 10 vehicles

A major Detroit chop shop was raided by police on the east side Wednesday. 

Investigators believe these suspects are in the business of towing cars and stripping them.

Police were still at the scene into the evening on Teppert Street where a man was running a chop shop from his own house and using a tow service to do it.

Samuel was stunned when she found out her neighbor was running a chop shop out of his house on Teppert as well as four vacant houses on the block to hide the evidence.

"I would always see him fixing cars," Tiyana Samuel said. "You just never really saw anything abnormal."

Sgt. Jonathon Parnell, part of Detroit's commercial auto theft task force, said the suspect who was under surveillance, was caught in the act Wednesday evening.

"He had everything from high-end vehicles to sports cars to minivans," Parnell said. "They are all scattered along from his residence to other vacant houses."

People did not suspect anything wrong because the suspect used a tow truck with the name Aaron's Towing on the side, to transport the cars. 

"Inside Detroit, outside of Detroit, some of the dates of thefts, date back to 2011," Parnell said. "Even the vehicle he was utilizing, which was a tow truck, was stolen and re-tagged."

"I knew he was a tow truck driver, that's all I knew," said neighbor Arlena Buck. "That's why when this happened, the whole block, we were like 'Oh my God.' We never imagined anything like this."

Police have seized 10 cars, estimated at $100,000, but it could be a lot more. Investigators say this man was stealing the cars and selling them and their parts. They also suspect insurance fraud.

He and another man believed to be working with him, have been arrested.

The tow truck reads "Aaron's Tow Service" but it does not appear to be registered, police say, adding that even the truck was stolen. 

If you see any illegal activity you suspect to be a chop shop, the auto theft task force tip line is 1-800-242-HEAT.
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