Further raids in hunt for chop-shops
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Police have seized trucks, jet skis and cars from a wrecking yard they say appears to be another illegal chop-shop.
The discovery at D.L. Dismantlers on Yaldhurst Rd yesterday came as a crackdown on dodgy dealers in Canterbury continues.
It comes a fortnight after police uncovered an illicit chop-shop in Rolleston thought to be the biggest the region has seen in over a decade.
Detective Senior Sergeant Corrie Parnell said police found three jet skis at the property.
One was stolen, while the origins of the other two were unknown, he said.
Police also seized two trucks and four partly dismantled cars - three Subarus and a Mitsubishi - during yesterday's search.
Parnell said that one of the trucks - a Nissan Terrano - had been stolen from Rangiora on Tuesday.
One of the cars was reported stolen from a Paul Kelly Motor Company car yard in 2009.
"It appears to be another illegal chop-shop."
The find was "a little surprising" considering recent publicity around the police crackdown on the industry, he said. It was unclear where the vehicles were destined for, but the company had sold items on Trade Me.
Its owners would likely face charges of receiving stolen goods.
They could also be charged with theft, he said. Police would look to have the company's licence revoked.
A company spokesman said it was sold the stolen vehicles by another company.
"There's no chop-shop here."
Police have uncovered evidence of about 30 stolen cars at wrecking yards around Canterbury since they started their sweep of the industry about three weeks ago.
They have also found dodgy bookwork.
Dozens of the businesses have been visited by police, and many have been warned to clean up their act or risk being stripped of their licence to operate.
Parnell said some dealers had been exploiting a lucrative overseas market for parts, which was fuelling car theft in the city.
"For those that aren't going to play eightball - expect the law to take its natural course," Parnell said.
A fortnight ago, evidence of 23 stolen vehicles was found at Independent Metal Traders in Rolleston.
Many had been stripped for parts and it appeared some may have then been packed into shipping containers bound for the Pacific or Middle East.
Most of the vehicles were stolen in June or July this year, police said.
Police have since raided the home of company director Dean Raymond Crosbie.
They have also raided a yard in Nelson with links to Crosbie, but found nothing illegal.
Parnell said police hope to interview Crosbie tomorrow.
Police want the yard's licence revoked.
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