Police arrest 2 men in connection with Chop Shop inside Tulsa home
Tulsa Police detectives blow up a chop shop that was hanging out of a house in downtown Tulsa.
Investigators say two men took over the home of an older man while he was away in another state. Detectives say this investigation is unique, they say the car thieves broke into a house near 41st and Sheridan, ransacked it, put tires and wood in front of the doors to prevent anyone from driving. enter, then used the garage as a hash shop.
They think Adrian Moreno and Jimmy Jenkins had been living there for a few months.
Police say they would never have known what was going on inside the house without the help of a few alert neighbors, who noticed suspicious activity day and night and called the police.
“They were basically hunkering down inside his residence, using his residence as a chop shop. They were bringing in stolen vehicles, taking them to the back yard, to the garage, and separating those vehicles,” Lt. Chase Calhoun said. from the Tulsa police.
Calhoun says an elderly man owns the home but lives out of state. He says the owner doesn’t know the suspects and no one was supposed to live in the house.
“The activity they were seeing from that house just doesn’t fit that neighborhood. It’s very inconsistent and suspicious,” Calhoun said.
Adrian Moreno and Jimmy Jenkins were arrested, charged with running the house chop shop. Investigators searched the house again today and found another stolen truck, completely stripped, and a paint job station where the doors and hood were being repainted, presumably so the car could be resold .
“You don’t usually see chop shops like this in neighborhoods like this, especially circumstances where they’ve basically squatted in a residence and taken over a house that doesn’t belong to them,” Calhoun said.
Calhoun says criminals always come up with different ways to commit crimes, which unfortunately means more victims.
“You have victims of these stolen cars, you also have the victim of this residence who is an elderly man, lives out of state, thinks his house is safe here and in reality his house was destroyed there. inside and people use to commit crimes,” Calhoun said.
Calhoun says he hopes this sends a message to others that if you see suspicious activity in your neighborhood, call the police. Records show Jenkins and Moreno spent time in jail for auto theft, drug and other convictions.