Members of an Alameda County auto theft task force shut down an illegal chop shop and made two arrests in an early morning probation search in Oakland this week, officials said today. The Alameda County Regional Auto Theft Task Force, consisting of members of the California Highway Patrol, Alameda County Sheriff’s Department, Oakland Police Department and other agencies, conducted the probation search around 8 a.m. on Tuesday.
Officers arrested two Oakland residents at the scene and recovered five stolen vehicles with switched vehicle identification numbers, as well as tools and other evidence, officials said. Santos Avalos, 25, was arrested on suspicion of violation of probation, four felony counts of possession of a stolen vehicle, one felony count of owning or operating a chop shop and four felony counts of switching vehicle identification numbers.
Juan Avalos, 20, was arrested on suspicion of violation of probation, a felony count of auto theft, one felony count of possession of a stolen vehicle and one felony count of switching a vehicle identification number. Both were booked into Alameda County Jail.
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