Edmonton police recover more than $7M worth of stolen vehicles from “chop shop”

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Edmonton police have laid additional charges in a “chop shop” investigation which led to the recovery of more than $7 million worth of stolen vehicles.

The investigation began when police pulled over a stolen truck towing a flat-deck trailer with an unauthorized licence plate.

Officers searched Car Masters Collision Ltd. in northeast Edmonton and found a stolen 2013 Dodge Ram truck that was being dismantled. It had an estimated value of $80,000.

On June 7, after searching just a quarter of the property, police recovered more than $600,000 worth of vehicle parts and stolen property.

Since then, they’ve recovered parts of 159 vehicles, 141 of which were reported stolen.

Three people have been charged with several offences, a 53-year-old man, a 35-year-old woman, and a 33-year-old woman have all been charged with possession of stolen property over $5,000, fraud over $5,000 and participation in criminal organization.

Read more at CBC News

This article is summarized by Canadian Fraud News Inc.