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Two Tigard men arrested in connection with "chop shop"

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William Plantz and Christopher Ankeny William Plantz and Christopher Ankeny

After a weeklong investigation, Tigard police announced Tuesday that they put the brakes on a local chop shop.

A tip initially led investigators to the Affordable Automotive business at 13080 SW Pacific Hwy., police said.

According to officers, they've recovered a total of six vehicles reported stolen.

Police executed a search warrant at the business on Jan. 10.

During the course of the search, four stolen vehicles were found.

A special agent with the National Crime Insurance Bureau (NICB) assisted Tigard police with the search effort.

Criminals often attempt to disguise stolen vehicles by altering and switching the vehicle identification numbers (VIN). 

NICB experts can ultimately reveal the vehicles true identity using their proprietary skills and expertise, police said. 

Aside from the four stolen vehicles discovered during the search, Tigard police were led to a location in Sherwood where they found two additional stolen vehicles, investigators said.

Officers arrested Christopher Ankeny, 46, on Tuesday.

FOX 12 learned 66-year-old William Plantz is also a suspect in this case.

Both men are charged with trafficking stolen vehicles, possession of stolen vehicles and unauthorized use of a stolen vehicle.

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