Indianapolis News and Headlines


Location of a chop shop leads to a break in a string of pickup thefts in central Indiana

Posted at 10:28 AM, Aug 26, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-26 13:38:41-04

INDIANAPOLIS -- Six pickup trucks stolen from three different counties were recovered Wednesday in a chop shop on Indianapolis' southeast side.

Police say they were acting on a tip when they went to an abandoned warehouse in the 1500 block of East Dudley Drive.

Six Ford F250s and F350, many with parts removed, were recovered.

The trucks were reported stolen from Monroe, Marion and Hendricks counties.

Police say there have been no arrests at this time but it is an ongoing investigation.

At least two stolen heavy duty Ford trucks were found in early August, taken by what police have described as a ring of thieves operating in Central Indiana.

CALL 6 | Ring of thieves targeting heavy duty trucks in Central Indiana

One of those trucks, a 2005 Ford F-250, went missing on July 31 and was found August 3 chopped up into pieces.

"They found the top of the hood, the seat, bed frame all cut into pieces," said truck owner Stephen Roberts.

The thieves failed to remove all the decals from the truck, which helped police find its owner.

Roberts says he me look at getting a GM truck in the future, since Fords are such popular targets for thieves.

"We'll have to start looking at GM products, Chevy, because Fords are so easy to get into," he said.

John Schmitz was at a doctor's appointment in July when his 2005 F-250 was stolen. It was found August 6 full of thieves' tools.

"This is what they pop the ignition with," Schmitz said. "I'm learning so much about car stealing."

The thieves also left behind sets of keys, a knife, and sensitive documents, including car titles and a birth certificate.

"They were coming back to this vehicle," Schmitz said. "They were using it to steal others."