Police find stash of stolen luxury car parts in huge ‘chop shop’ bust – Coventry Live

April 14, 2022 by No Comments

Police have seized a stash of stolen car parts at a ‘chop shop’ including some from a Range Rover which was stolen from Coventry on Boxing Day. Officers stormed a scrapyard in the Black Country after receiving a tip-off that the site was ‘handling and breaking down stolen vehicles.’

Officers executed a warrant last Thursday (April 7) and remained at the yard for two days wading through an array of engines, gearboxes and body shells primarily from high-end luxury cars.

Several have been identified as being cut from stolen cars including a Range Rover taken last Boxing Day in Coventry, two Mercedes AMGs stolen from the same address in Walsall in February and a BMW M4 stolen in Wolverhampton in January.

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Police also seized an Audi Q3, a BMW and a Land Rover for examination. A specialist vehicle examiner is now liaising with car manufacturers in the UK and Europe in a bid to establish the true identity of other parts seized.

Police seized this Audi plus two other cars for examination after raiding a ‘chop shop’ off Kelvin Way in West Bromwich
(Image: West Midlands Police)

Two men were arrested at the scrap yard on suspicion of handling stolen goods and car theft. Both men, a 28-year-old and a 22-year-old, were questioned and later released under investigation while police conduct further enquiries.

Inspector Glynis Tomlinson from Sandwell Police said: “This is a significant find and we suspect many of the parts we’ve recovered have been taken from vehicles stolen in car-key burglaries. We suspect this is a well-organised criminal operation posing as a legitimate salvage yard.

“The warrant saw our neighbourhood officers team up with a drone unit, the local police taskforce and two police dogs to ensure we had good control of the units while searches were carried out. We’re really grateful for information passed to us and will always take it seriously. And as this case illustrates we will take action to disrupt suspected criminality.”

Police found dozens of engines at the ‘chop shop’ in the Black Country
(Image: West Midlands Police)

A spokesman for West Midlands Police added: “You can help us tackle vehicle crime. Always keep your vehicle locked, using a visual deterrent like a steering lock, and keep your keys or fob in what’s known as a faraday pouch when at home. It has a special lining which means thieves can’t ‘steal’ the fob’s frequency to open your car.

“And if you suspect a unit or garage is being used as a chop shop please contact us. To report suspicions please contact us either via Live Chat at west-midlands.police.uk between 8am to midnight or by calling 101 anytime.

“Alternatively, you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111. You don’t need to leave your name.”

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Source: https://www.coventrytelegraph.net/news/coventry-news/police-find-stash-stolen-luxury-23680413


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