Police bust chop shop in Grayson
by PI Staff
Aug 16, 2012 | 3140 views | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Agents from the Stanislaus County Auto Theft Taskforce took down a chop shop in Grayson on Aug. 8, arresting two Patterson men and one from Grayson.

Police arrested Javier Tovar, 36, and Zameri Zadran, 25, both of Patterson, and Ralph Cantu, Jr., 31, of Grayson, on suspicion of owning or operating a chop shop — where stolen cars are taken apart and their parts sold — and of extortion involving a motor vehicle. The three men were booked into Stanislaus County Jail in Modesto.

Members of several police agencies joined StanCATT investigators at about 10:45 a.m. Aug. 8 to serve search warrants at two homes on Stakes Street in Grayson, based on a tip that a chop shop might exist in the area.

Police found three chopped vehicles that they suspected were stolen. In addition, agents, deputies and officers found lawn care equipment and a registration card for a Nissan pickup that was reported stolen from Patterson earlier that morning.

The stolen Nissan pickup was found during a search of the neighborhood, and police returned it and all the lawn care equipment to the owner that day.

StanCATT is a task force of officers and deputies from law enforcement agencies in Stanislaus County that focuses on car theft.

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