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Clearwater man accused of running chop shop

CLEARWATER — After following the trail of a stolen car Tuesday, authorities arrested a 50-year-old man on charges of running a chop shop.

Robert P. Evans of Clearwater faces charges of grand theft auto, possession of marijuana and paraphernalia, and operating a chop shop. The investigation continues.

A LoJack system in a stolen car out of Hillsborough County led deputies to an industrial park at 1974 Sherwood St., where deputies said Evans had been dismantling and selling stolen vehicles for their parts.

So far, five late-model Ford Mustangs have been identified as stolen within the past two years from Hillsborough and Pinellas counties. Deputies said one car was taken from Lokey Nissan in Clearwater.

Evans remained in jail Wednesday.

Clearwater man accused of running chop shop 08/10/11 [Last modified: Wednesday, August 10, 2011 9:33am]
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