Police find cutting store with more than 20 vehicles in Dallas – NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth
One person is under arrest after Dallas police found nearly three dozen stolen vehicles disassembled from a cutting store adjacent to an elementary school Thursday night.
According to the Dallas Police Department, Auto Theft Task Force agents were dispatched to the 800 block of JJ Lemmon Road around 10 p.m. after a Texas Department of Public Safety helicopter located a vehicle. flew to this place.
Dallas Police said a DPS helicopter was tracking a weak jack signal from a Cadillac when they spotted a white Chevy pickup with bare parts in the bed leaving the property. Several broken down vehicles were also seen on the property. The DPS helicopter told Dallas Police what they found and followed the pickup north into the southern Dallas area.
Shortly after, the driver of the van pulled up to a Shell gas station on Linfield Road and Interstate 45 and two people were taken into custody, police said. Their identities have not been released and the police have not yet clarified the charges against them.
Meanwhile, Dallas police officers followed the DPS signal and searched a 120-acre wooded patch of land south of Wilmer-Hutchins Elementary School. It was there that they found 32 dismantled stolen vehicles and what appeared to be a cutting shop – a place where the stolen vehicles are dismantled so that they can be sold in pieces.
Dallas police said on Friday afternoon they arrested Claudio Morales Diaz, 28, but did not say whether he was among two people arrested at the gas station. It is also unclear what charges Diaz faces or whether he has obtained a lawyer.
Dallas Police said the Hutchins Police Department, Dallas County Sheriff’s Office, DPS 101 and Dallas Air 1 Police were involved in the investigation.