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Search for stolen classic cars uncovers chop shop in Michigan

Thefts of classic cars marred the festivities at the 2015 Woodward Dream Cruise, but Detroit police uncovered a chop shop during their search for the stolen cars. Although two of the three stolen classic cars remain to be found, police stated that they recovered at the illegal facility on Detroit's west side stolen parts from Chevrolet TrailBlazers taken from employees at a Dearborn plant.

Police arrested three adults and two teenagers suspected of stealing cars. One more person remains wanted in connection with the alleged crimes.

The only classic car to be found so far belongs to John Schnatter, founder of the Papa John's pizza chain. His 1972 Camaro Z28 was abandoned, presumably because of heavy media attention focused on its theft. The other two cars, a 1965 Corvette Stingray and 1966 Chevelle 300 Deluxe, remain missing. Thieves stole them in Birmingham and Bloomfield Hills respectively.

As for the suspects arrested during the investigation, one or all of them might face theft charges. A person accused of criminal activity has the right to obtain legal representation. A lawyer might support a defendant who is in this type of situation in many ways. Requesting a judge to grant bail could be one service along with appearing with the defendant in court. The defendant could also seek advice from the lawyer regarding how to enter a plea. To answer that question, a lawyer might look at the evidence to see if it actually supports the charges. If evidence is open to challenge, a lawyer might ask a prosecutor to reduce or drop the charges entirely.

Source: Bloomfield-Bloomfield Hills Patch, "Police Bust Chop Shop in Woodward Dream Cruise Classic Car Thefts", Beth Dabley, Sept. 17, 2015

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