|Chop shop uncovered near Edmonton|
|News - Collision Repair|
|Monday, 09 July 2012 11:42|
By Caitlin Choi
Villeneuve, Alberta -- July 9, 2012 -- Two males and one female were arrested upon discovery of a chop shop near Villeneuve northwest of Edmonton on Saturday. Officials say each of the suspects faces multiple charges for possession of stolen property.
“The amount of stolen good found there was so large that it really tied our members up for a long time, just dealing with the quantity of stolen material,” said Sergeant Mark Mathias of the Morinville RCMP.
Several vehicles, including a utility trailer and a motorcyle were seized from the rural property Saturday morning. While the large amount of inventory is still being processed, it remains in the custody of the Morinville RCMP.
“We’re in the process of cataloguing and identifying owners,” said Sgt. Mathias.
According to St Mathias, the two males have been remanded and will be in court on July 12, likely in Morinville. He has no information on the female suspect at this time.
The uncovering of the illegal auto parts operation was the culmination of a Drayton Valley investigation, said Sgt. Mathias. Drayton Valley obtained a warrant, which the RCMP detachment executed, searching the property and making the subsequent arrests.
The names of the three suspects remain unreleased. Watch for updates on this story as it develops.