Police: 1 man charged in connection to ‘chop shop’ found at Fairfield business
One man was arrested after a “chop shop" was found inside a Fairfield business, police say.
Edison Cuevas, 37, of Yonkers, was charged with two counts of receiving a stolen motor vehicle, one count of operating a facility for the sale of stolen automobile parts and a single count of conspiracy to operate a facility for the sale of stolen automobile parts.
Fairfield police say Cuevas turned himself in and has been transferred to the Essex County Jail.
“It’s bizarre to think that no one knew this was going on, as far as people that work here. We don’t know whether this was just a weekend type thing,” said Fairfield Police Officer Stacy Chiarolanza.
Investigators say they received a tip from cleaning staff that stolen cars were being disassembled at Veracity Stone Fabricators on Daniel Road East.
“This could be big. I don’t know how big it could be, but I think we’re only at the tip of the iceberg,” said Chiarolanza. “This is not something we see here every day. We see our stolen cars, catalytic converters, but we don’t come across chop shops very often in this town.”
Fairfield police say two of the chopped-up Honda CRVs were reported stolen in December and January. One of their engines was spread across the floor of the business.
Police say they are still investigating details of the other two CRVs. One had its VIN defaced and the other’s was concealed.