Oregon cops bust alleged chop shop


Authorities in Clackamas County, Ore., have ferreted out an alleged chop shop dealing in stolen Harley-Davidsons.

A woman making an inventory of family property in Damascus for her sick father discovered a number of “suspicious-looking” Harley-Davidson motorcycles disassembled in a pole barn on the property, according to the Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office.

The information, complete with license-plate numbers was relayed to authorities, who went to the property and recovered stolen bikes.

Most of the bikes recovered were reported stolen from homes, but at least one was taken from a business.

In addition to the motorcycles, detectives found a stolen enclosed trailer, which they believe thieves used to transport stolen bikes.

Authorities identified LaDray Dean Forks, a.k.a. "Bobby," 31, as a preson of interest in the case. Forks was arrested April 14 during a routine traffic stop in the Happy Valley area and charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance, the department says. He has also been charged with numerous felony crimes for his involvement with the stolen motorcycles, and is being held in the Clackamas County Jail.

Forks is expected to appear for a preliminary hearing April 23.

Posted by Holly Wagner