Two more charged in Indiana chop shop op

Publish Date: 
Nov 6, 2012

FORT WAYNE, Ind. - Two more people have been charged with participating in a motorcycle chop shop ring, including the owner of the used car lot at the center of the reported scheme.

According to documents filed in Allen Superior Court and cited in the Journal-Gazette, Todd A. Vonderau, 41, is charged with corrupt business influence and conspiracy to remove, alter or cover a VIN. Both counts are Class C felonies.

Also charged was Alan G. Baysinger, 42, who faces charges of corrupt business influence and removing, covering or altering VINs.

The two men join four others charged earlier with participating in the criminal enterprise.

Police have been investigating since August allegations that Vonderau was operating a motorcycle theft ring out of his car lot, Kasper Auto Sales. The ring allegedly stripped stolen bikes, reassembled some on frames that had clean VINs, then sold them using documents created through Kasper Auto.

The charge of corrupt business influence accuses the group of participating in the activities of a criminal enterprise through a pattern of racketeering, in this case involving two or more acts of receiving stolen property.

Posted by Holly Wagner