JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – During the course of a four-day investigation into an auto theft ring, multiple vehicles were recovered and several people were taken into custody, according to a report from the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office.
The report states that detectives were investigating the thefts of more than 15 cars from auctions, dealers and shops. They were led to a property on Trout River Boulevard.
Police said they checked the place out, finding a chop shop operation. Stephen Harrison, 49, was arrested and charged with five counts of auto theft and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.
According to the report, at least three stolen vehicles were found on the property, which had been reported stolen from America’s Auto Auction Jacksonville on New Kings Road.
Ronnie Roman, the owner of One Stop Automotive Repair, told News4Jax that one of his vehicles were recovered during the investigation.
“It was a 2013 Lincoln MKZ,” he said. “I haven’t got the vehicle back yet. JSO still has it, so I don’t know they got it.”
As of Friday evening, Harrison was being held on a $430,000 bond. Police said more arrests were possible.