Chico chop shop shut down in probation search

Mar 12, 2015 7:34 PM by News Staff

Authorities conducting a probation search discovered a stolen car and a chop shop in Chico Wednesday morning.

Officers with the California Highway Patrol and Chico Police Department received several leads about recent vehicle thefts, leading them to search a home on Glennwood Avenue at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday.

During the search, officers found a stolen vehicle, multiple stolen vehicle parts, and other stolen property.

According to a news release from the CHP, the property recovered is related to a series of vehicle thefts over the past six months, primarily of Toyota Four-Runners and pickup trucks from the city of Chico and unincorporated areas of Butte County.

Officers arrested 38-year-old Joshua Miller for one felony count of owning or operating a chop shop, a felony count of altering a vehicle identification number, two felony counts of auto theft, and two felony counts of possession of stolen property.

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