A Madison County man faces charges of operating a chop shop and theft by receiving.
John Michael Thomas of Hwy. 98 was arrested this week after investigators tied Thomas to a recent attempted theft of a Jeep.
Law officers discovered that a rollback wrecker used by the alleged Jeep thieves was owned by Thomas. Madison County investigators then acquired a search warrant for Thomas’ junkyard off Hwy. 98 just west of Neese-Commerce Road.
Investigators sifted through dozens of stripped-out vehicles Tuesday afternoon, looking for evidence of vehicle theft, as well as the theft of car transmissions and other parts.
Weeds grew up between numerous junked vehicles, which were lined tightly together a few hundred feet behind the shop. Old tires and car parts were scattered about the property.
Madison County Sheriff's Department investigators examine junked cars at a suspected Hwy. 98 chop shop Tuesday, looking for evidence of theft.
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