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Friday, Nov 09 2012 05:03 PM

Two arrested, one sought in connection with chop shop

BY BREAKING NEWS BLOG

The Bakersfield Police Department is asking for the community's assistance in locating a suspect wanted for possession of a stolen vehicle, conspiracy and operating a chop shop.

On Friday at approximately 9:45 a.m., the Bakersfield Police Department Grand Theft Auto Taskforce received information regarding a stolen vehicle parked in the 1800 block of Padre Street. Taskforce officers responded to the scene and located the reported stolen vehicle, a 2003 Nissan Frontier truck, parked to the front of a residence. Further investigation uncovered a chop shop being operated in the rear yard of this residence. Taskforce officers located an additional reported stolen vehicle, a 2005 Toyota Tundra, in the rear yard of the residence in an advanced stage of being dismantled. Numerous other stolen auto parts were also recovered from the scene.

Andrew Ybarra Chavez, 28, and Adam Rodriguez,51, were arrested at the scene on suspicion of possession of a stolen vehicle, operating a chop shop and conspiracy.

A third suspect identified as Kenneth Ramirez, 43, fled the scene prior to the officers' arrival. Ramirez is also wanted on suspicion of possession of a stolen vehicle, operating a chop shop and conspiracy.

Anyone with information regarding Ramirez's whereabouts is encouraged to call the Bakersfield Police Department at 327-7111 or Taskforce Officer Jared Diederich at 496-3356.

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