Stolen car leads police to chop shop
Lojack signals leads police to West Side residence
San Antonio police bust an alleged chop shop after following a lojack signal from a stolen car that led them to a West Side residence.
Lt. Kevin Luzius said a car was stolen near the intersection of Potranco and Ellison about 7:00 p.m. The Honda Civic was equipped with a lojack system that allows police to track a vehicle if it is reported stolen.
A police helicopter followed the signal to a West Side neighborhood but couldn't close in on an exact location. Luzius said an officer in the area had recently conducted a traffic stop and obtained information about a possible chop shop in the 4000 Block of West Salinas.
"One of the officers had knowledge of a possible chop shop in the area he went over and checked it out and found the vehicle and three other vehicles," Luzius said.
Officers found the stolen Honda fully intact, sitting in plain sight in the driveway of the home and three more Honda Civics that were in the process of being disassembled for parts. A building on the property also contained hundreds of car parts from all kinds of makes and models.
Luzius said one of the cars was reported stolen back in March and three of the cars were stolen from parking lots at San Antonio College.
Officers arrested the homeowner, who told them he knew the cars were stolen. Luzius said the home had no electricity running to it and investigators believe the homeowner was selling the parts to support a drug addiction.
Investigators believe the chop shop had been active for quite some time and suspect several people were involved.