Alert patrol officer leads to chop shop bust
This week's Crime Beat features a chop shop that was busted in the LV valleyPhoto: Video by ktnv.com
Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- Las Vegas police officers recently busted a major chop shop operating out of an unassuming storefront in the central valley.
Detectives say they didn't just find stolen car parts inside. There were also drugs and guns.
It all started when an officer with the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department was patrolling Valley View Boulevard, between Desert Inn Road and Sahara Avenue, caught a glimpse of a man driving a white four-door sedan in an alley.
The officer trusted his gut feeling when something seemed off.
Sure enough, when officer Johnny Rodriguez ran the car's license plate, no match was found.
He followed the driver of the car who parked in a back lot and entered a building that was not well marked.
It was an area full of auto shop and car repair businesses.
The auto theft detail and SWAT team were called to the scene because people inside the building were not coming out.
It turns out that there were 13 people inside, four of whom were arrested.
Police identified William Burgess as the alleged ring leader and owner of the chop shop.
Police found six stolen cars, dozens of car parts, at least five guns and drugs inside of the building.
Investigators say the isolated industrial area proved to be an effective hiding place for the criminals.
LVMPD says that chop shops like the one they discovered are big business here in Las Vegas so people should always research where they are taking their cars to be repaired.
Neighboring businesses say they though something seemed suspicious but never knew exactly what was going on.