Scrap-yard boss faces receiving stolen car charges
A director of a scrap-metal yard that was allegedly operating as an illicit chop-shop will appear in court this week accused of receiving stolen cars.
Dean Crosbie was interviewed by police on Saturday after they raided Independent Metal Traders in Rolleston this month and found evidence of 23 stolen vehicles.
Detective Senior Sergeant Corrie Parnell said police had charged a man, aged 47, with eight counts of receiving stolen goods in connection with the raid at the yard.
''There will be further charges with him,'' Parnell said today.
The man, understood to be Crosbie, is scheduled to appear in the Christchurch District Court on Friday.
Parnell said police had also charged a man, aged 27, after they raided D.L. Dismantlers in Yaldhurst Rd last week.
The man had been charged with theft and receiving stolen goods and would appear in court on Thursday.
Police seized two trucks, four partly dismantled cars and three jet skis during the search last Wednesday.
They have since returned one of the cars and a jet ski after police investigations found they were obtained legitimately.
They were still working through other evidence found at the property and it was likely the man would face further charges.
Other people could yet be charged in connection with both raids, Parnell said.
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