Auto Theft Task Force Busts Chop Shop, Recovers Stolen Vehicles Worth Over $600,000

Auto Theft Task Force Busts Chop Shop, Recovers Stolen Vehicles Worth Over 0,000

The San Joaquin County Auto Theft Task Force, in collaboration with the California Highway Patrol, made a significant breakthrough on Monday when they uncovered a chop shop operation in Banta, San Joaquin County. The investigation, which involved the sale of stolen vehicle parts from high-end American sports cars, resulted in the recovery of 12 stolen vehicles and a substantial amount of stolen vehicle parts.

During the execution of a search warrant at a rural residential property on South Bird Road, authorities discovered the stolen vehicles in various stages of being dismantled. Among the recovered vehicles were 10 Chevrolet Camaros and two Chevrolet Corvettes, with an estimated loss value exceeding $600,000. These vehicles and parts had been reported stolen by multiple law enforcement agencies from San Joaquin, Alameda, San Francisco, Yolo, and Stanislaus counties.

Two individuals were apprehended on the property and subsequently booked into the San Joaquin County Jail on charges related to operating a chop shop and possession of stolen vehicles. Later that day, investigators located and arrested 34-year-old Hamdy Jamali in Manteca, who was found to be in possession of a key-fobbing device. Jamali was also booked into the San Joaquin County Jail.

Continuing their efforts, investigators executed another search warrant in Manteca related to Jamali, leading to the recovery of two additional stolen vehicles. On Wednesday, a fourth suspect, identified as 27-year-old Lloyd Bernhard of Tracy, was located and arrested. Bernhard, who was found in possession of approximately 100 pills believed to be fentanyl, was booked into the San Joaquin County Jail on charges related to the auto theft ring, chop shop operation, and felony drug possession.

The successful operation conducted by the San Joaquin County Auto Theft Task Force and the California Highway Patrol has dealt a significant blow to the illegal auto theft trade in the region. The recovery of the stolen vehicles and parts, along with the arrests of multiple suspects, highlights the commitment of law enforcement agencies to combatting auto theft and dismantling criminal networks involved in such activities.

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Author: CrimeDoor

2 Responses

  1. 1. Stay vigilant and report suspicious activities: If you notice any unusual activities or see a lot of vehicles coming and going from a particular location, it’s important to report it to the authorities. Your tip could help uncover illegal operations like chop shops.

    2. Secure your vehicle: Take proactive measures to protect your vehicle from theft. Use steering wheel locks, install an alarm system, and park in well-lit areas. Thieves are less likely to target vehicles that are difficult to steal.

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  2. Great article! I found the mention of the chop shop operation in Banta, San Joaquin County really interesting. Could you provide more details about how the task force and the California Highway Patrol collaborated to uncover this operation? I’m curious to know what led them to this breakthrough and how they were able to shut down the chop shop.

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