Lojack activation leads police to chop shop in Bloomington

News headline from the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department:

On April 24th while on routine patrol in Bloomington, Deputies from the Fontana Sheriff’s Station received a Lojack activation on a 2005 Ford F-150 crew cab pickup truck.  The activation led deputies to a residence in the 11100 block of Cedar Avenue in Bloomington.

At the property, Deputies located the stolen pickup truck being dismantled by the suspects.  Deputies also located several other vehicles that had been dismantled on the property, three of which were found to have been reported stolen.

The yard was also littered with copper wire, brass valves, water heaters, air conditioning units and miscellaneous vehicle parts that had been stripped with the intent to sell as scrap metal.

The suspects were identified as John Cabral, 50, of Bloomington, and Richard Hampson, 53, of Rubidoux.  Both were arrested without incident and booked into the West Valley Detention Center for owning or operating a chop shop, and vehicle theft.

Also arrested at the residence was Margarita Mokay, who was found to have an outstanding warrant for burglary.

The investigation is ongoing, and anyone with information regarding is asked to contact Deputy Thomas Jolin at 909-356-6767, or anonymously through the We-Tip Hotline at 1-800-78-CRIME (27463) or the We-Tip website at www.wetip.com

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Saturday, April 28, 2012

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