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Four arrested in South L.A. chop shop bust, deputies say

Four men are accused of operating a chop shop in South L.A.

Four men are accused of operating a chop shop after a sheriff's task force found two stolen, dismantled cars in a South Los Angeles backyard.

Deputies arrived at the home in the 300 block of West 51st Street for a probation compliance check the night of June 20, when they saw a group of men taking apart a 2001 Acura Integra, said Los Angeles County sheriff's Lt. Dominic Valencia.

Two of the men ran from deputies but were later found hiding inside the house.

The Acura had been stolen from the Cal State Long Beach campus earlier in the day, Valencia said, but the owner didn't know it was gone until he was contacted by investigators. Deputies also found parts to another Acura reported stolen from the Cal State Fullerton campus the day before.

The four men arrested were identified as Bryan Agustin, 27; Rashad Criss, 30; Joshua Gonzalez, 29; and Richard Lopez, 22. Criss lived at the home, Valencia said.


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Photo: Four men are accused of operating a chop shop in South L.A. Credit: Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department

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