On June 28, 2005, the Regional Auto Theft Task Force (RATTF) uncovered a “Chop Shop” operating at 1244 Monteagle Drive, San Jose. A second “Chop Shop” was located in the area of Sonata Way and Serenade Way, San Jose. Suspect’s Rafael Murillo, 33, Elizabeth Ponce, 22, David Amaton, 31, Francisco Amezuca, 20, and Ricardo Rodriguez, 26 were arrested and charged with auto theft and possession of stolen property. This investigation resulted in the recovery of 33 vehicles and 3 engines. All suspects remain in the County Jail.
During the month of May, RATTF Investigators were asked to assist the SJPD on the Monteagle Drive “Chop Shop.” There investigation started after several citizens complained about the residence to SJPD at their community meeting. On June 28, 2005, RATTF Investigators obtained and executed a search warrant, with the assistance of SJPD, resulting in the recovery of stolen vehicles and automobile parts.
RATTF Investigators have determined that stolen vehicles were being stripped of parts. The stolen vehicle parts were then being sold or used in other vehicles. The investigators suspect that some of the stolen vehicle parts have been installed in citizens’ vehicles without their knowledge. If anyone has had their vehicle repaired at the Monteagle address or has any information about these auto theft rings please contact RATTF Detective R. Tomlin at 408-808-4555.