Greeley police auto theft operation dismantles chop shop, recovers stolen vehicles

Greeley police are investigating a chop shop that contained five stolen motorcycles after an auto theft operation shut down the illegal activity.

Detectives from the Colorado State Patrol Beat Auto Theft Through Law Enforcement, or BATTLE, North Team conducted a large-scale auto theft operation Friday that recovered two stolen cars and located a chop shop with five stolen motorcycles inside, according to a Greeley police news release.

BATTLE is a multi-agency team of detectives, including law enforcement from the Greeley Police Department, that investigates auto theft-related crimes across northern Colorado.

In 2021, Colorado was ranked No. 1 in the nation for auto thefts and has continued to hold the title for the first six months of 2022, the release said.

Through education and enforcement, BATTLE North’s mission is to reduce the high number of auto thefts and recover more stolen vehicles to return them to their owners.

On Friday, detectives from BATTLE recovered two stolen and unoccupied Hyundais, valued at $56,505, at separate locations in Greeley, police said. The team processed both vehicles for additional evidence before returning the cars to their owners.

BATTLE also secured a search warrant of a motorcycle chop shop operating from inside a storage unit located in the 3500 block of 29th Street. Four motorcycles were recovered from the chop shop during the execution of the search warrant, according to the release. Police later recovered a fifth motorcycle from the unit.

The investigation is ongoing. Those with information about this case are asked to contact the Greeley Police Department at (970) 350-9605.

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