Whittlesey warehouse used as 'chop shop' court told - a place where stolen vehicles were dismantled and parts re-packaged to be sold on
PUBLISHED: 15:36 20 September 2019
A man has been jailed after he was caught working in a 'chop shop' in Whittlesey.
Officers arrested Andrius Samajauskas, 32, at a warehouse in King's Dyke on March 21 last year after tracking the location of a stolen Audi Q5 to the property.
The car, which had been stolen from Pinner, Middlesex, was found inside the warehouse being dismantled with false number plates.
Officers also found a black Mercedes GLC which had been completely stripped with some parts packaged and ready to be sold as well as transmitter disruption equipment, which is used to block tracker signals.
Samajauskas, of Kensington Walk, Corby, was arrested when officers found him hiding behind the building. He was bailed to appear at Peterborough Crown Court on August 23 last year, but when he failed to attend a warrant for his arrest was issued.
On July 25 this year he was arrested in Great Yarmouth by Norfolk Police.
He appeared at Peterborough Crown Court on Wednesday (September 18) where he was jailed for 15 months after pleading guilty to two counts of handling stolen goods and breaching his bail conditions.
DC Tom Adams said: "This was an organised operation involving Samajauskas targeting high-value vehicles and stripping them of valuable parts.
"It is believed one of the vehicles was stolen using keyless entry and I would urge owners of keyless vehicles to keep their key fobs in foil-lined pouches to stop the signal being interfered with."