Police Shut Down Corvette Chop Shop in California


Police Shut Down Corvette Chop Shop in California

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More than $55,000 worth of stolen GM and Corvette parts are back with their rightful owners, thanks to a successful undercover operation by the San Bernardino County Auto Theft Task Force.

The thefts occurred at a business/car club on U.S. Highway 395 in Victorville, where the suspect, Henry Earl Myers, 41, of Phelan, Calif., had become a new member in March.

He gained the club’s confidence in the months after, but then suddenly stopped coming around one day. That’s the same time that the club noticed several parts and tools missing that they use to restore classic Corvettes from the 1950s and ’60s.

The club puts out a magazine that offers parts for sale and showcases their cars. Myers apparently had the nerve to place an ad in the publication to advertise the stolen items.

Earlier this month, a member of the club spotted the ad and while negotiating a deal with Myers obtained photos of the items and sent the images to the club owner who recognized them instantly.

That set a sting operation into operation, and Myers was found Wednesday at his home on Begonia Road in Phelan. After a search warrant was obtained, lawmen discovered numerous parts on the site, including two classic Corvette frames, suspension parts, fiberglass body parts, doors, wheels, brake systems, an engine that had been installed in Myers’ pickup truck, and other classic Corvette accessories.

Myers now faces multiple charges, including burglary, forgery, possession of stolen vehicles, and owning a chop shop.

Victor Valley News

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