Tampa Police Shut Down Chop Shop

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Incident Date/Time: 1/10/2018 at 12:30 PM 
Location: 3222 N. 40th Street 
Incident Type: Inspection of Mechanic Repair Shop (F.S.S. 812.055) 
Business Name: Express Auto Repair 

Details: On January 10, 2018, Tampa Police detectives and officers responded the Express Auto Repair business located at 3222 North 40th Street in order to conduct an inspection of the business. Detectives had received information that armed individuals involved in robberies and Grand Theft Auto were known to loiter on the listed property. Upon arrival at the business, several subjects were located who stated they were customers. No owner or employee of the business could be located, leaving the property unsecured and abandoned. Upon checking unsecured business, the following stolen property was located on the premises: 2012 Nissan Altima vehicle (stolen out of Temple Terrace), 1996 Buick Park Avenue (stolen out of Tampa and used in a Car Jacking Robbery), an Enclosed American Trailers Continental Cargo, Forest River, fourteen foot aluminum Trailer (also stolen out of Tampa). Due to the above listed stolen items being found on the property, this business is considered a Chop Shop according to Florida State Statute. Detectives and officers worked throughout the night executing a search warrant. Approximately eighty-five motor vehicles were observed parked on the property. As of this time, the owner of this business has not been identified or located, and all of the vehicles and equipment stored on the property is being impounded as evidence or returned to innocent owners. This remains an active investigation.