Chop Shop Bust

By: Randy Yohe
By: Randy Yohe

The tough police challenge of taking down organized crime goes back to the Al Capone days. And on Friday, police made a second raid on a suspected chop shop. It was another step in shutting down what police call a vehicle theft and drug ring working in Ohio, Kentucky and West Virginia.

Portsmouth police would only say they brought a bulldozer and backhoe on the West End Auto Shop lot to dig for more evidence, but they did say a tip led them back to find three more stolen vehicles. One was from Huntington, and some were already cut up for parts.

Back in March, a raid at the West End Auto Shop turned up all sorts of stolen and chopped trucks, cars, and SUVs, along with illegal drugs and a hot handgun.

Owner Teddy Journey and his brothers were arrested for felony theft charges, but these lesser charges were dismissed to make a stronger criminal case.

Even though suspects were on the property, no arrests were made, but police are still digging.

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