BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (WISH) – Four people were arrested after an investigation into an auto theft ring that spanned over Morgan, Hendricks and Marion Counties.
According to the Indiana State Police, the investigation revealed several people were operating “chop shops” where stolen vehicles were disassembled and later sold. The remaining metal was then burned and sold.
Officials say they have shut down three of those shops located on County Road 675 West in Monrovia, SR 67 in Indianapolis and Ingalls Drive in Indianapolis. Seven vehicles that had not yet been destroyed were recovered by police. Police also recovered a stolen gun, stolen tools, multiple engines and various auto parts.
Police have arrested 54-year-old Daniel Beverstock of Martinsville, 34-year-old Christopher Morgan of Indianapolis, 29-year-old Joshua C. Argue of Monrovia, and 32-year-old Chad B. Gooch of Indianapolis. All are facing charges of possessing stolen automobiles and property.
Police say more arrests are expected. Anyone with information on this case is asked to call the Indiana State Police at (812) 332-4411.