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Durham police break up auto 'chop shop'

Posted September 27, 2012

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— A Durham man was charged Thursday in connection with an automotive "chop shop" police discovered this week.

Samer Fakhri Othman, 35, of Green Hollows Lane, was arrested in Selma, Va., by Virginia State Police and faces four counts each of possession of a stolen vehicle, larceny of a motor vehicle and injury to property.

Officers found the chop shop, in which stolen vehicles are dismantled and their parts sold, in a warehouse at 706 Ellis Road on Tuesday after electronically tracking a vehicle that had been stolen on Angier Avenue near Ellis Road.

A search of the 25,500-square-foot warehouse turned up 24 stolen vehicles from as far away as Texas and New Jersey, police said. Officers also found four wrecker trucks and stolen auto parts from at least 50 vehicles.

North Carolina Division of Motor Vehicles inspectors and investigators from the National Insurance Crime Bureau and the Federal Bureau of Investigation are assisting in the investigation.

More charges are pending against Othman, police said.

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  • warbirdlover Sep 27, 2012

    Wonder if they have a Muncie M21 Rock Crusher laying around?

  • bombayrunner Sep 27, 2012

    guess i lost out on my new parts.

  • ICTrue Sep 27, 2012

    "Actually, I think that just means they are CONVICTED more. My jail has a pretty even distribution."
    smalldogsrule

    No, it really does mean that they commit more crimes. As far as your jail having an even distribution...ah, I'm tired..will someone else please explain the math to him? BTW, you have your own jail?

  • smalldogsrule Sep 27, 2012

    Actually, minorities DO commit most crimes.

    Actually, I think that just means they are CONVICTED more. My jail has a pretty even distribution.

  • more cowbell Sep 27, 2012

    Here's the link for prison population by race.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Incarceration_in_the_United_States

    Actually, minorities DO commit most crimes.

  • OneLove Sep 27, 2012

    who knew?

  • BubbaDukeforPresident Sep 27, 2012

    Durham - sanctuary city for illegals and terrorists....and liberals and other filth.

  • ICTrue Sep 27, 2012

    "for real, you are letting OBAMACARE HAS RISEN say this inflammatory stuff! moderator where are you? obamacare has risen, make comments on Foxnews, it suits you better."
    pediatrician

    Don't worry, they are doing more than their part to sway every article and all comments toward the libs.

  • pediatrician Sep 27, 2012

    for real, you are letting OBAMACARE HAS RISEN say this inflammatory stuff!
    moderator where are you?
    obamacare has risen, make comments on Foxnews, it suits you better.

  • Bartmeister Sep 27, 2012

    They didn't happen to mention a 74 Buick Skylark did they? Missing that set of wheels...........

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