California chop shop operator gets 13 months in prison

Publish Date: 
Feb 6, 2013

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - A Tracy, Calif., chop shop owner was sentenced to federal prison Feb. 5 for his conviction on charges related to a stolen motorcycle operation.

Prosecutors say Daryl Charles, 46, sold stolen motorcycles and engines with the VINs and engine identification numbers stripped away. Charles stamped new numbers on the motorcycle frames or engines.

Charles' activities came to light in 2007 when Tracy police learned of stolen motorcycle parts being advertised on eBay. Charles was using the screen name "Booroe."

In a search of his home, police found shipping records, copies of DMV documents connected to Charles, fraudulent federal certification printouts and metal-stamping equipment. In his garage, investigators found a 2005 Yamaha R-1 motorcycle frame and engine that had been reported stolen and two cashier's checks that the Tracy undercover officers mailed to "Booroe," according to the Stockton Record.

After Charles was arrested, California Highway Patrol investigators reported seeing a significant drop in the number of reported stolen motorcycles in the Sacramento area.

Charles was sentenced to 13 months in prison and three years of supervised release for falsification of motor vehicle parts identification numbers, U.S. Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner said.

Posted by Holly Wagner