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Chop shop Busted on Tulalip Indian Reservation

Photo: SNOCAT Detectives
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Snohomish County, Washington– The Snohomish County Auto Theft Task Force (SNOCAT) has recovered multiple stolen vehicles from a property on the Tulalip Indian Reservation with the help of the Tulalip Tribal Police.

Photo: SNOCAT Detectives

Photo: SNOCAT Detectives

According to a Twitter Post made on April 29th, 2016, Snocat detectives found 55 vehicles on the property as well as multiple chopped up vehicles. Detectives are calling this an illegal wrecking yard. 3 Vehicles were confirmed stolen.

Photo: SNOCAT Detectives

Photo: SNOCAT Detectives

Snocat Detectives tweeted that they recovered several stolen vehicles from Washington Tree and Lawn Care.

Photo: SNOCAT Detectives

Photo: SNOCAT Detectives

 

According to their website, the Snohomish County Auto Theft Task Force (SNOCAT) is funded by a grant from the Washington Auto Theft Prevention Authority. The task force consists of detectives from the Marysville Police Department, Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office, and Washington State Patrol and a prosecutor from the Snohomish County Prosecutor’s Office.  The purpose of SNOCAT is to reduce vehicle theft in Snohomish County through pro-active enforcement efforts, apprehension of criminals who steal vehicles, and increasing public awareness of and education about auto theft.

Photo: SNOCAT Detectives

Photo: SNOCAT Detectives

Between 2008 and 2013, the task force has recovered 646 stolen vehicles, valued at over $5.6 million dollars. They have also recovered, $413,000.00 worth of stolen heavy machinery, and recovered over $665,000 in stolen/chopped  car parts.

Photo: SNOCAT Detectives

Photo: SNOCAT Detectives

The task force has investigated 89 chop shops, and interrupted 84 “car theft rings” as well as interrupted 8 export operations.   The task force has made  250 arrests for 1st and 2nd degree theft of motor vehicles, 230 arrests for possession/theft  of stolen vehicles, they have made over 500 arrests for non auto theft related crimes.

Photo: SNOCAT Detectives

Photo: SNOCAT Detectives

 

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