With the help of the Upland Police Department, deputies uncovered a suspected “chop shop” operation at a Jurupa Valley residence and arrested two men, a sheriff’s department spokesman said.
As many as nine vehicles believed stolen were found at the home on Sunday July 8 in the 10800 block of Windsor Place, including one that police suspect may have been involved in a fatal hit-and-run in Upland on Saturday night, said sheriff’s Sgt. Kent Werges.
Deputies were called out to the residence at about 6:45 a.m. to assist Upland police officers, who traced a stolen vehicle’s GPS tracking system to one of the vehicles at the Windsor Place residence, Werges said.
When deputies tried to talk with four men standing near the vehicle, two of them ran. Deputies were unable to catch them, but detained the other two, Werges said.
Deputies found two Chevrolet service trucks and four Honda Accords at the residence that they confirmed were stolen and were checking on three others, according to the sergeant.
“Further investigation revealed that a ‘chop shop’ was being run at the residence,” he said. ”Additionally, Upland police took possession of one of the Chevrolet trucks and two of the Hondas in furtherance of a fatal hit-and-run investigation in their city the previous night.”
Deputies arrested Rudy Jose Ballard, 40, and Christopher Hernandez, 21, on suspicion of vehicle theft and possession of stolen property, Werges said.
The two others seen at the residence remained at large. The sheriff’s department asked anyone with information to call the Jurupa Valley station at 951-955-2600.