Chop Shops Busted Thanks To Victims

Fresno police shut down three chop shops in Pinedale.

Cops were led to illegal activity with the help of victims.

The busts happened in the area of Pinedale and San Pablo Thursday afternoon.

Police also found items from a number of burglaries, including stolen equipment from a Clovis West pee-wee football league.

You may recall back in August we brought you the story when a 12-foot trailer with equipment from Clovis was stolen.

It was filled with pads, extra helmets and other items.

It was the second major setback for the pee-wee team.

Team member, Donovan Maldonado was killed by a suspected drunk driver weeks earlier.

Julian Bailey of the West Clovis Youth Football League says, "We've worked hard to keep this season going and we managed to do that, but getting this equipment back puts us way ahead, puts us way ahead."

The football team got about 50 percent of their equipment back. They got to take it home after police photographed it.

Investigators say they've noticed more and more car thieves are committing home and commercial burglaries, driven by a habit of methamphetamine.

In all, police arrested 5 people in the 3 chop shops.