Car Theft Victims Descend On Alleged Chop Shop

Police discover possibly dozens of stolen vehicles at Southeast Side business

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    Car-theft victims search a lot where police found dozens of stolen vehicles. Charlie Wojciechowski reports. (Published Tuesday, Apr 1, 2014)

    Car theft victims made their way to a Southeast Side salvage yard Tuesday after hearing about the discovery of stolen vehicles at the business.

    Police converged on Adelman's Truck Parts in the 300 block of East 106th Street after someone reported seeing his stolen vehicle in the businesses' lot.

    Stolen Cars Found in Salvage Yard

    [CHI] Stolen Cars Found in Salvage Yard
    Police find at least 30 stolen cars at a southeast side scrap yard. NBC 5’s Christian Farr reports. (Published Monday, Mar 31, 2014)

    "I was told to come here because my vehicle was stolen," Clarence Washington said. "There was a lot of people finding their vehicles, so I am going to see if I can find my vehicle."

    Police say they've identified 19 vehicles so far that have been reported stolen.

    On Tuesday, investigators continued searching the sprawling Ohio-based truck salvage operation

    Contractor Edward Robinson arrived looking for his 2006 Econoline van, hoping to find it intact, along with his construction tools.

    "I've been doing graphic artwork for 27 years. I decide to start my own business and here it is a year later, the vehicle in which I invested in, along with other things, has been taken," Robinson said.

    Ajiah Banks' car was stolen either Sunday night or Monday morning.

    "This is a big inconvenience for me. I had to go buy a whole other car to take my son to school. It's just crazy," Banks said.

    Police are telling the car theft victims that they'll get back to them, but many are excited that there's a chance they'll get their vehicle back.

    "I promise you I have been waiting for this day a long time. I hope that my vehicle is one of the vehicles that is in that pound. Yeah, that would be a good day for me," Washington said.

    Many of the car theft victims may not luck out, as many of the vehicles may have been crushed.

    Nobody has been arrested in the case.