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Columbus Police Investigate Possible Chop Shop

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) -  Late Thursday night, police say they found several stolen cars in the backyard of a South Columbus home off Old Cusseta Road.

 

 Police say charges are pending in this investigation, however, no arrests have been made.

 

"A victim of one those stolen vehicles saw his vehicle, called police. Officers responded and started the investigation which led to the recovery of four stolen cars. They turned it over to us. A search warrant has been obtained and we're looking at it as a possible chop shop," said Sergeant Ken Hudson who heads up the Columbus Police Department's Auto Theft Division.

Police revealed what they've turned up so far that makes them think an illegal auto shop was operating out of the Winshire Street address.

 "Looking at the number of motor vehicle components and parts and pieces and the fact that you had four stolen vehicles in one backyard plus two other vehicles which were completely stripped out. You've got trailers that we suspect were being used to transport the stolen vehicles and you've got numerous components in the backyard as well as paperwork from several different of our auto theft victims that we're still investigating," Sergeant Hudson said.

Neighbors say they're surprised this was allegedly happening under their noses. They told WXTX off camera they never saw anyone coming or going from the house during the day but did hear loud music late at night.

 "I believe this is the first chop shop that we have recovered in Columbus that I know of. I've been with the department 17 years and in charge of the Auto Theft Unit for three years and this is the first case we've made for an auto shop in the three years I've been in charge," Hudson added. 

 

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