Chop shop charges dropped against California repair shop owner

Publish Date: 
Jan 24, 2012

A California repair shop owner is off the hook in a case that alleged he was selling stolen motorcycle parts.

The Shasta County District Attorney's Office dropped charges Monday against Gary Kenerson, owner of Gary’s Motorcycle Services Center in Redding. He was arrested last year on suspicion of running a chop shop.

Deputy District Attorney Craig Omura told the Record Searchlight he couldn't prove that Kenerson, 62, knew the motorcycle parts found May 2010 at his hop were stolen, which would have been necessary for a conviction.

Kenerson was arrested a year ago by Redding police on drug- and theft-related charges. A Shasta County judge dropped the drug charges early last year, according to electronic court records.

"I'm just glad it's over with," Kenerson said Monday. "I was innocent from the start and I'm innocent through the end."

CHP officers said they had suspected Kenerson of being an associate of the Vagos motorcycle gang.

The case cost Kenerson legal fees and the business of people who didn't want to bring their bikes into his shop after the arrest, he told the newspaper.

"I couldn't pinpoint it, but I'd say in the thousands (of dollars) in lost business," he says.

Posted by Holly Wagner

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