California Man Pleads Guilty To Running Chop Shop

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A Tracy, Calif., man has pleaded guilty in federal court to selling stolen motorcycles and parts on eBay, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office in Sacramento.

Daryl Charles, 43, awaits sentencing on charges of interstate transportation of stolen vehicles. Prosecutors said Charles operated a motorcycle "chop shop" from his home.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Kyle Reardon said Charles stripped the vehicle identification numbers from stolen motorcycles and engines and stamped them with new, bogus numbers, then sold them on eBay using the screen name “Booroe.”

Charles was busted for selling a 2004 Suzuki with a stolen engine to a buyer in Culver City for $5,000 and a 2002 Yamaha stolen from San Diego for $5,900 to an Iowa buyer.

Tracy police investigators bought two stolen parts from Charles online and later searched his home. They found metal stamping equipment, shipping documents to England and the cashier's checks that the Tracy police investigators had mailed to Charles, according to a press release from the U.S. Attorney’s office.

Charles could face up to 10 years in federal prison, a $250,000 fine and three years of supervised release at his sentencing, scheduled for Jan. 20.

Posted by Holly Wagner