Kent cops uncover ‘chop shop’ in stolen cars raid

Detectives from Kent Constabulary swooped on a suspected ‘chop shop’ of illegal car parts from stolen cars.

Officers from Kent Police Roads unit and Sevenoaks police station seized vehicles and expert examiners identified spare parts from five different vehicles.

Chop shops are considered dangerous and provide a thriving market for car thieves. Stolen cars are sold on to chop shops where they are quickly stripped for parts and moved on.

Kent Police Tactical Operations tweeted at 10.33pm on Friday: “#ARV working with @KentPoliceRoads and @KentPolice7oaks probable ‘chop shop’ located. Our vehicle examiners attended and were able to identify 5 stolen vehicles. #CID are on the case to identify the suspects!”

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Lookout Signs of ‘chop shops’

  • Suspicious activity around industrial units, often at unusual times of the day, or night
  • Noise coming from buildings out of hours
  • Vehicles that look out of place going into workshops or locations and not coming back out
  • Large amounts of car parts being stored, sometimes in odd places such as gardens
  • Shipping containers in unusual locations
  • Items stored that are clearly expensive, such as engines and gearboxes, outside and out of place
  • Items for sale via on-line auction sites from the same seller, often in large quantities of the same item or similar

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Article Source: Kent Live