CERES — A Ceres man with a previous conviction for auto theft was arrested Monday on suspicion of running a chop shop in his garage.
Ceres police were searching the home of Tony Arreola, 34, in the 1800 block of Walnut Avenue to ensure compliance of the terms of his Post Release Community Supervision when they found the chop shop.
Stanislaus County Auto Theft Taskforce Detective Jason Brock said a 2000 GMC Sierra pickup had been cut into more than 20 pieces; its engine, transmission, rims and tires were missing. Brock said the pickup had been stolen from Riverbank nine days before.
Arreola was arrested on suspicion of auto theft, possession of a stolen vehicle, operating a chop shop and auto theft with a conviction of auto theft.