Thermal Man Arrested on Suspicion of Running a Chop Shop
THERMAL - A 23-year-old Thermal man is accused of operating a chop shop in Thermal. Garages where stolen vehicles are stripped to be sold piece by piece are known as chop shops.
According to the Riverside County Sheriff's Office, Julio Adrian Diaz was arrested about 7 a.m. Wednesday in the 88000 block of Airport Boulevard as officers searched the property in connection with an on-going stolen vehicle investigation.
Diaz was arrested on suspicion of running a chop shop, possession of a stolen vehicle and being a felon with a gun. Bail is set at $5,000.
Anyone with information about this case is encouraged to call the sheriff's department at (760) 863-8990
or Coachella Valley Crime Stoppers at (760) 341-7867.
Persons identified or named as suspects of crimes are considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.