2 Suspected Fresno Chop Shops Busted

Fresno, CA A few days ago, Sgt. Sherman's team raided an auto shop on North Maple near Olive. Johnny Moua, a customer says he was terrified, "They came armed like a SWAT team, they just pointed guns at everybody told them to freeze and get on the ground."

Sgt. Sherman said, "The vehicles that had stolen engines in them were equipped for street racing and many of those there that night were involved in street racing clubs."

Investigators call the auto shop a chop shop too and impounded six cars and 17 Honda and Acura engines and transmissions they say are stolen. Moua said, "This shop is nowhere close to being a chop shop." Investigators arrested the owner, San Saelee who didn't want to talk on camera. He denied doing anything illegal, including racing on the street. Moua said, "They build cars but how can they automatically assume we race them on the streets. They have no evidence. When there's time they take them to legal race tracks."

The CHP arrested three people so far, and said more may follow. The auto shop owner is out on bail but his employee is still in jail. Both plan to fight the charges. Lujano was booked Friday afternoon and along with the two others, faces a series of charges including running a chop shop and possession of stolen property.

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