Tip led to chop shop bust in East Central Fresno

FRESNO, Calif.

Police arrested three men in the area of Sierra Vista and Home. Investigators say the suspects were working out of a legitimate business -- but running an illegal operation.

Law enforcement officials say they found a stolen vehicle on the property -- but that was just the start.

"We've also located various component parts on the location which we believe will also result in other stolens," Sgt. Tim Tietjen said. "We're confident we're going to find more stolens from this location."

Investigators say that this operation was the typical chop shop -- people working out of what looked to be a business. But they also say they've seen these auto theft rings pop up all over -- including apartment buildings and even vineyards.

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