'Ringleader' arrested in Detroit chop shop operation

'Ringleader' arrested in Detroit chop shop operation

Posted: Updated:
DETROIT (WJBK) - Police say they have a ringleader in custody of a suspected chop shop operation in Detroit. Investigators say this operation may be responsible for the majority of tire thefts in the city.

Sgt. Robert Wellman with Commercial Auto Theft says the suspects are using a method called "push theft" and target vehicles with a chrome wheel.

"They break the window. They break the shifter. They use a push car. They push it a couple blocks away at which point they take the wheels and tires off, load it into the back of a minivan and go on to the next car," he explains.

Authorities say the group hit up nine vehicles overnight. Wednesday, they executed a search warrant and say they arrested the operation's ringleader while he was in bed sleeping.

Authorities say they have been watching the group for a while and have obtained various surveillance video.
  • Amy LangeMore from Amy LangeMore>>

  • Gay teacher fired by Catholic high school for being pregnant

    Gay teacher fired by Catholic high school for being pregnant

    Tuesday, September 2 2014 5:51 PM EDT2014-09-02 21:51:15 GMT
    Barbara Webb and Kristen Lasecki were married two years ago and are expecting a baby. Webb is now pregnant and she no longer has her teaching job at Bloomfield Hills Marian High School because of it.
    Barbara Webb and Kristen Lasecki were married two years ago and are expecting a baby. Webb is now pregnant and she no longer has her teaching job at Bloomfield Hills Marian High School because of it.
  • Former SMART employee's lawsuit battle drags on after 10 years

    Former SMART employee's lawsuit battle drags on after 10 years

    Wednesday, August 27 2014 11:49 PM EDT2014-08-28 03:49:24 GMT
    The case was originally about workplace discrimination. Now it's dragged on for more than a decade despite the case appearing to be one that the Suburban Mobility Authority for Regional Transportation can't win.
    The case was originally about workplace discrimination. Now it's dragged on for more than a decade despite the case appearing to be one that the Suburban Mobility Authority for Regional Transportation can't win.
  • Family's home hit hard by storms for second time

    Family's home hit hard by storms for second time

    Wednesday, August 27 2014 8:51 PM EDT2014-08-28 00:51:07 GMT
    For Ericka Page, first came the flood, then the gas line break and Tuesday, the massive tree limb that broke off with part of it landing on her house.
    For Ericka Page, first came the flood, then the gas line break and Tuesday, the massive tree limb that broke off with part of it landing on her house.
  • Download the FOX 2 Apps


  • FOX 2 News Five-Day Forecast
Powered by WorldNow
Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | New Terms of Service What's new | Ad Choices