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Hernando authorities make arrests in chop shop operation

Tammy Elliott

Tammy Elliott, 28

George Susick

George Susick, 24

BROOKSVILLE — A Brooksville man and woman have been charged with operating a chop shop after deputies found a stolen pickup behind their residence, according to the Hernando County Sheriff's Office.

George Susick, 24, and Tammy Jo Elliott, 28, face numerous charges, including operating a chop shop, grand theft and possession of a controlled substance.

Working with vice and narcotics detectives and the Citrus County Sheriff's Office, Hernando deputies on Wednesday found a stolen burgundy Ford F-250 behind a home at 11853 Broad St. The vehicle was reported stolen in Citrus. Detectives at the scene also spotted a gold Lexus that had been stolen in Orange County.

Detectives made contact with Susick and Elliott, and both said they knew the vehicles had been stolen and that they were involved in stealing the pickup.

Deputies later served a search warrant and found numerous items of drug paraphernalia, methamphetamines and ammunition.

Susick, a felon, was not allowed to be in possession of ammunition.

Susick and Elliott were both taken to the Hernando County Detention Center, where they were being held Thursday without bail.

Two others were also arrested.

Daniel Gonzales, 28, was arrested on a warrant for failure to appear and for providing a false name. He was being held Thursday without bail. Richard Hickey, 42, was picked up on a violation of probation warrant and drug charges. He also was being held without bail.

The investigation was ongoing, authorities said.

Hernando authorities make arrests in chop shop operation 05/01/14 [Last modified: Saturday, May 3, 2014 3:11pm]
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