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Stolen automobile alert results in discovery of Pittsburg chop store – East Bay Occasions

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An alert about a stolen vehicle led to the discovery of an illegal chop shop in Pittsburg and the arrest of five people, police said.

All five were suspected of possession of a stolen vehicle, unlawful possession of tear gas, possession of a dangerous drug, operation of a chop shop and probation violation, police said.

The arrests happened March 12, after officers received the alert about the stolen vehicle near Buchanan Road around 9:30 p.m. and later found it in the 4200 block of Inverness Drive, according to a statement by Pittsburg police. The vehicle had been reported stolen only hours earlier, police said.

The officers walked toward the open garage of the home where they located the vehicle and found several people inside removing parts from the car, and police said it was apparent that an illegal operation “was was well under way.”

Police then contacted the California Highway Patrol’s Stolen Vehicle Unit for assistance and obtained a search warrant for the house. Once inside, officers found additional  parts from the stolen vehicle, along with multiple guns, police said.

None of the five who were arrested were identified immediately, pending formal charges by the Contra Costa County District Attorney’s Office.

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