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Fourth person arrested in Pasco chop shop operation

LAND O' LAKES — Deputies arrested a fourth person allegedly involved in chop shop operations in Pasco County.

Dwayne Edward Keene, 48, of Land O' Lakes, was charged with seven counts of grand theft, operating a chop shop and two counts of altering a vehicle identification number. He was arrested Thursday night at 4116 Primavera Drive, his home address and location of one of two suspected chop shops. The other was located at 10809 Malati Street in New Port Richey.

Deputies had previously made three arrests in the investigation. Keene's wife, Joanna B. Keene, 47, was charged with operating a chop shop at the Primavera location in August. At the time, she told deputies the vehicles would just "show up" at her property and she frequently argued with her husband about them.

According to arrest records, Joanna Keene is out on a $5,000 bond.

Justin Paul Northrup, 27, was also arrested in August. According to arrest reports, he aided Dwayne Keene in the dismantling of the vehicles. He told deputies he was just a mechanic and should not have been arrested. He was charged with operating a chop shop in connection with the Malati Street location.

Gary Baker, 45, was arrested in April on the same charge as Northrup, and he was also charged in relation to the Malati Street location.

Northrup was out of jail on a $5,000 bond as of Thursday, and Baker was in custody with bail set at more than $100,000.

Deputies said Dwayne Keene had been considered "on the run" since his wife's arrest.

Fourth person arrested in Pasco chop shop operation 09/20/13 [Last modified: Friday, September 20, 2013 8:42pm]
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