NEWTON FALLS - Police arrested two men who they claim were operating a chop shop in Warren.
John Swab, 29, of 685 Jane St., Masury, and Timothy Wilks, 47, of 3047 Red Fox Run, Warren, were arrested on charges of stealing stolen property after attempting to sell scrap pieces of vehicles to Falls Recycling on First Street, according to Newton Falls police Chief John Kuivila.
They first showed up at the scrapyard on Monday with parts from a 2006 tractor trailer reported stolen from Weathersfield, Kuivila said. He did not have the ID of the owner.
When the two returned on Tuesday with more scrap parts, police arrested them, the chief said.
With the help of the Ohio State Highway Patrol and the Warren Police Department, police executed a search warrant on 191 Austin Ave., where they reportedly found more stolen property and scrap metal, including a 2007 GMC truck that belonged to an airport in Pennsylvania.
"Basically it was a chop shop in Warren,'' Kuivila said ''We were there for hours. There was a lot of property.''
More charges could be coming from the patrol, Kuivila said, but the two are each charged with felony counts of receiving stolen property, two counts of possessing criminal tools and a count of tampering with evidence.
Swab and Wilks are out of the Trumbull County Jail on $12,500 bond after appearing in Newton Falls Municipal Court Wednesday, the chief said. The court and the jail only had records on Wilks.
Police seized the semi-truck that they said Wilks used to transport the scrap. Kuivila said the police would attempt forfeiture on Wilks' semi, which the city could sell and then put the proceeds into the Police Department budget.