Sheriff's Office helps Gresham PD bust alleged stolen-car 'chop shop,' recover vehicles, parts

News Release from: Clackamas Co. Sheriff's Office
September 4, 2014, 6:01 p.m.


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On Thursday, Sept. 4, the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office assisted Gresham PD in executing a search warrant on an alleged illegal "chop-shop" filled with stolen vehicles -- a major break in a months-long investigation by Gresham Police.

Gresham officers and Clackamas County SWAT-Team members served the warrant at 35000 Bell Maple Dr. in Boring.

Among the vehicles recovered in the bust: a snowmobile, a '57 Chevy, and two other confirmed stolen vehicles. (Other vehicles were also found on the property; investigators are still confirming their ownership.) All were in various states of disassembly.

Law-enforcement officials also found several additional parts from other vehicles on the property.

A further search of the property also revealed a small illegal marijuana grow.

Photos of some of the recovered vehicles and parts are attached to this release.

Detectives have detained several people at the address, and are questioning them at this writing.

Grant Jerome Lauer, 47, of Boring, was taken into custody following the search warrant. Lauer had a misdemeanor warrant for his arrest.

Other charges and suspects are still being investigated at this time.

Because a child is living at the property, authorities also called in the Oregon Department of Human Services (DHS) to investigate.

Detectives are currently working with victims to help identify the stolen vehicles and parts.

Sheriff's Office detectives are also assisting Gresham PD in processing evidence at the scene.


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Contact Info:
Sergeant Nathan Thompson
Office of Public Information
Clackamas County Sheriff's Office

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