CHP says shop is a gang haven, chop shop

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The California Highway Patrol is investigating a Redding motorcycle shop owner, as a suspected chop shop and a front for an outlaw motorcycle gang.

Gary Kenerson, the owner of Gary’s Motorcycle Services Center in Redding, denies being a member of the Vagos motorcycle club or dealing in stolen parts.

He told the News he was a Vago decades ago but that his only dealings with club members now is repairing their bikes.

Last month, CHP investigators and members of the Redding Police Department gang task force served a search warrant on Kenerson’s business and his girlfriend’s Palo Cedro home, looking for stolen parts.

CHP officer Steve Rauch wrote in a search warrant affidavit that besides a Vagos customer base for the shop, its sign and uniforms sport Vagos’ black and green colors.

The affidavit describes the club as “an outlaw motorcycle street gang,” whose members were implicated this spring in the attempted murder of police officers in Riverside County.

Rauch said that during his inspection, he noticed several motorcycle parts with missing serial numbers and an “inordinately extensive number” of mismatched parts.

Officers last month seized a number of motorcycle parts and a switchblade knife from the store. A .22-caliber rifle, a .22-caliber pistol, a baggie with trace amounts of methamphetamine and two bottles of pain pills were seized from the home, according to search warrant returns.

CHP Investigator Clint Tetens says his the department will likely submit a case seeking charges against Kenerson to the Shasta County District Attorney’s Office next week.

Kenerson says none of the seized bike parts were stolen. “I’m not going to jeopardize my business by dealing in stolen parts,” he says.

Posted by Holly Wagner