In a significant breakthrough, investigators from the Tri-County Auto Theft Task Force intercepted a suspicious vehicle at the end of August, ultimately leading to the recovery of stolen engines and a cache of parts and vehicles valued at over $640,000.
The incident unfolded when Task Force Investigators, comprised of members from the Mansfield Police Department, along with police departments in Burleson, Kennedale, and Midlothian, as well as Tarrant County Constable Pct. 7, noticed a vehicle towing a trailer laden with engines. The trailer raised suspicions due to its lack of a license plate, prompting investigators to take action.
Upon closer inspection, investigators uncovered five stolen engines within the trailer, estimated to be worth approximately $40,000. Two individuals were promptly arrested in connection with the stolen engines.
In a subsequent follow-up investigation, Task Force detectives were able to pinpoint a potential address linked to the source of the stolen engines. Armed with a search warrant, they conducted a thorough search of the premises, revealing a trove of parts and vehicles. These discoveries are believed to be connected to investigations involving more than 40 stolen vehicle reports across the metroplex.
The recovered parts and vehicles amassed an estimated value of $640,000.