Four Arrested in Chop Shop Investigation
Lincoln Police Department has concluded an investigation that involved dismantling stolen Ford F350 trucks for their parts. The first truck, a white & gold 2007 Ford F350, was stolen on November 17, 2009 from Anderson Ford, 2500 Wildcat Drive. It had been parked at the dealership awaiting repair. The second auto, a grey 2008 Ford F350, was taken from Dillon Auto, 6345 N. 28th Street, on November 21, 2009.
During the investigation, the owner of the 2007 Ford advised Officer Wambold that three pre-paid Visa rebate cards had been left inside the vehicle. Those cards had been used at various locations in Lincoln. Officer Wambold spoke with employees at these businesses and, essentially, followed the electronic paper trail. That trail led to Johnathon Watson, who used his actual name during one transaction. Johnathon was interviewed on November 24, 2009 and subsequently arrested for two counts of Class III Felony Possession of Stolen Property.
At 6pm that evening, a search warrant was served at Kustom Shop, 2125 West O Street. Dismantled parts of the stolen vehicles were located inside the body shop. Vehicle identification numbers had been removed. The sole proprietor of the business, Justin Couch, was also arrested on two counts of Class III Felony Possession of Stolen Property.
Through additional investigation, Lincoln Police learned that Stephanie Klinginsmith and Justin Golter were also involved in the theft of the trucks. Stephanie was located on November 25, 2009 and lodged for Aid and Abet a Felony. Justin Golter was arrested on December 1, 2009 for Class III Felony Theft.
Pieces and parts of both stolen vehicles have been recovered. Investigators are still examining evidence seized during the service of the search warrant at Kustom Shop. At this time, no additional arrests are expected.
|Johnathon W. Watson (29)||Justin L. Couch (29)||Stephanie L. Klinginsmith (32)||Justin M. Golter (34)|
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