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Illegal chop shop in Stockton had cache of stolen auto parts, resulting in arrest

The Stockton Record logo The Stockton Record 1/23/2021 Justin Frommer, The Record
a car parked in a parking lot: COURTESY OF MANTECA POLICE DEPARTMENT © MANTECA POLICE DEPARTMENT COURTESY OF MANTECA POLICE DEPARTMENT

A search of a Stockton home on Thursday resulted in an arrest of a Stockton man for allegedly operating an illegal chop shop, and on suspicion of possession of stolen vehicle parts. 

The Manteca Police Department reported that detectives from the Delta Regional Auto Theft Team were requested by another task force to assist with a possible chop shop on Thursday in the 300 block of East Alpine Avenue. 

a man smiling for the camera: Andres Valencia Ceja © MANTECA POLICE DEPARTMENT Andres Valencia Ceja

At the residence, investigators, who were assisted by agents from the National Insurance Crime Bureau, reportedly located various vehicle parts, including a motor/transmission, vehicle doors, seats, and center consoles, police said. Investigators were able to determine that the recovered vehicle parts were reported stolen, some as far back as 2017. 

During the search, investigators were able to arrest 36-year-old Andres Valencia Ceja on suspicion of operating a chop shop and possession of a stolen vehicle. There is no inmate information for Ceja in the San Joaquin County Jail online records. 

Record reporter Justin Frommer covers prep and college sports. He can be reached at or jfrommer@recordnet.com or on Twitter @JustinbFrommer. Support local news, subscribe to The Stockton Record at https://www.recordnet.com/subscribenow.

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