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Officers raid residence, find chop shop with 12 stolen vehicles, illegal firearms

 

Last updated 12/13/2018 at 12:56pm

Riverside County Sheriff's Department

Jonathan Toca was arrested for several felony charges to include operating a chop shop, illegal possession of a firearm, fraud, and possession of stolen property.

On Monday, Dec. 10, the Riverside Auto-Theft Interdiction Detail (R.A.I.D.) with the assistance of the Murrieta Gang Task Force and DMV Investigations, served a search warrant in Lake Elsinore. During a search of the property, a large chop shop was discovered including 12 stolen vehicles and stolen property from a burglary.

R.A.I.D. also located four illegal firearms and several items of fraud, stolen mail and counterfeit money at the residence in the 11000 block of Indian Truck Trail. D

During the service of the search warrant at 10 a.m., the suspect, Jonathan Toca, 34, of Lake Elsinore was uncooperative and found hiding inside the residence. At 7 p.m., R.A.I.D. served a second search warrant at a residence in the 26000 block of Dry Falls, and two additional stolen vehicles were recovered from that residence and more evidence of stolen items from the same burglary.

Toca was arrested and booked into Cois Byrd Detention Center for several felony charges to include operating a chop shop, illegal possession of a firearm, fraud, and possession of stolen property.

This is an ongoing investigation, anyone with additional information is encouraged to contact Detective Tompkins or Deputy Van Gorder with the R.A.I.D. Task Force at (951) 955-2770.

 

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