Pierce County police bust stolen car 'chop shop' in Tacoma

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by DREW MIKKELSEN / KING 5 News

NWCN.com

Posted on December 1, 2011 at 1:32 PM

Updated Thursday, Dec 1 at 1:32 PM

TACOMA, Wash. -- Police in Pierce County believe they've made a big dent in a stolen car ring after busting a "chop shop" in Tacoma Thursday.

Undercover detectives from across Pierce County spent the past two months buying stolen cars from men who worked out of a Tacoma house

When they raided the home Thursday morning, police said they found sections of cars that had already been cut up and at least one stolen truck that was still fully intact.

Two men were arrested and police were looking for least one more.

Detective were trying to determine just how many cars moved through the "chop shop," but police say they had no problem buying them.

"After 2 months, these guys ended up buy nine cars. In fact, this morning they purchased two cars out of this house before the search warrant was served. They found another stolen car on the property, they found a stolen Infinity too that was chopped up on the property," said Lt. Chris Lawler, Lakewood Police Department.

In the backyard of the home, police showed a pump the thieves apparently used to siphon gas out of cars. The one truck that was found intact was out of gas.

Police have cleared the residence and were trying to reunite victims with their stolen cars - or what's left of them.
 

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