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Sullivan Co. cops find possible "chop shop" inventory valued at $1M

PHOTO: T. Culbertson / WCYB)

An inventory of stolen vehicles and equipment discovered in Sullivan County last week has been valued at just over $1 million.

Everything from sport-utility vehicles to golf carts were included in a 73-vehicle find at a property on 265 Morrell Creek Road in Bluff City that police said could be linked to a possible chop-shop operation.

News 5 first reported the discovery of the seized items on Friday.

Sullivan County Sheriff Wayne Anderson said at a Monday news conference that it was one of the largest seizures of stolen property he has seen during his time on the force. He was joined by Washington County, Virginia Sheriff Fred Newman, who confirmed the tractors found during the operation were taken from an Abingdon dealership.

Investigators utilized drones and airplane in the discovery of the illegal operation while the Virginia State Police provide air support with one of their helicopter units, the officers noted. They also said some of the property had been stolen as far back as three years ago.

No arrests have been made as the multi-jurisdictional investigation continues.

A list of items seized included: 25 trucks, 12 motorcycles, 10 golf carts, eight lawn mowers, five cars, four trailers, boats and Razor vehicles, three tractors, and one all-terrain vehicle, camper, and air compressor.

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