Arrest leads to tri-state chop shop operation

Publish Date: 
Apr 5, 2013

BRISTOL TOWNSHIP, Pa. – Authorities in Bucks County, near Philadelphia, have arrested a man they say ran a motorcycle chop shop operation tied to a motorcycle theft ring in neighboring Mercer County, N.J.

Investigators allege the man was dealing hundreds of stolen motorcycle parts out of a garage next to his home in Croydon between November and January.

Police in Lawrenceville, N.J., were investigating a rash of motorcycle thefts in Mercer County when they discovered the connection back in January, according to the Bucks County Courier-Times.

Mercer County police executing a search warrant for the car the men were driving in New Jersey turned up a handwritten list of New Jersey and Delaware apartment complexes with notes on motorcycles at each complex, police told the newspaper. They also found handwritten lists of motorcycle parts and related eBay, Pay-pal and shipping costs.

Bucks County detectives and a Pennsylvania state police auto theft task force officer found eight sportbikes and one motorcycle engine at the suspect’s house while executing a search warrant, according to court documents. Detectives matched five of the bikes and the engine to theft reports out of six different communities.

The suspect was arraigned Wednesday on charges of owning and operating a chop shop and nine counts of receiving stolen property. He was released on $300,000 unsecured bail.

Posted by Holly Wagner