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Deputies raid suspected chop shop operation on Detroit's east side

Wayne County deputies raid suspected chop shop

DETROIT – A swarm of Wayne County Sheriff's deputies raided a suspected chop shop operation on Detroit's far east side.

A woman and a child were inside a house watching as investigators raided a home looking for stolen cars and a chop shop right in the driveway.

"Folks think this is a dumping ground for stolen cars, and we are not going to tolerate it," Wayne County Sheriff's Office Chief Mike Jaafar said.

Investigators with the Wayne County Sheriff's Auto Theft Task Force swooped in and snatched up two vehicles that were parked in the driveway. The cars have been confirmed stolen. They're newer cars with the engines missing, so police said a chop shop was operating right in the driveway.

"The occupant admitted it," Jaafar said. "There are more charges coming along with that."

In fact, the women inside the house said the man who lived there ran the chop shop, and he's in jail right now.

Around the corner, another stolen car without wheels was found. Going after chop shops and stolen car rings is a main focus of the Wayne County Sheriff's Office.

Officials aren't just recovering cars, they're hunting for arrests and convictions.

"If you are doing anything with stolen vehicles, we are coming after you," Jaafar said.

You can watch Shawn Ley's full story in the video posted above.


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