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Police Dog Ferrets Out Chop Shop Suspect

The incident began when a Riverside County sheriff's deputy called out to investigate an auto theft near Pechanga Parkway spotted evidence of a vehicle dismantling and cannibalizing operation.

The alleged operator of a Temecula "Chop Shop" was ferreted out and bitten by a police dog as he cowered in an attic hidey-hole, authorities said.

The incident occurred Wednesday, when a Riverside County sheriff's deputy sent to investigate an auto theft spotted evidence of a vehicle dismantling and cannibalizing operation at 45743 Jaguar Way, according to a report in the Press-Enterprise.

The deputy had information that a suspect identified as Jennifer Trujillo might have been involved in the theft, the PE reported.

At the home there were also indications of a drug-selling operation, the newspaper reported.

Trujillo, 29, was taken into custody, as was Donald Lee Smith, 43, of Wildomar, according to the report.

A third suspect, Luis Antonio Trujillo, was missing from the house but the deputy -- who got a tip -- sent the dog into the attic, where the pooch pounced and took a taste of the man, the news report states.

Investigators determined that Luis Trujillo had built a hiding spot in the attic -- there was a lawn chair and drinks -- to avoid detection, the PE reported.

Investigators found parts from about four stolen and dismantled vehicles, according to the newspaper.

Luis Trujillo was booked into the county jail on suspicion of operating a chop shop, resisting arrest, possession of drugs for sale and receiving known stolen property, according to sheriff's jail records.

He was being held on a no-bail, out-of-county warrant, pending an appearance in court Friday, jail records state.

Jennifer Lynn Trujillo was booked into the Southwest Detention Center on suspicion of operating a chop shop and receiving known stolen property.

She was released Thursday on bond for $25,000 bail and was ordered to appear in court Sept. 26.

Smith was booked into jail on suspicion of being under the influence of drugs, the sales, transfer or distribution of less than one ounce of drugs, parole violation and possession of a controlled substance.

He remained jailed on no bail Thursday, pending a court appearance Friday, jail records show.



Brenda August 03, 2012 at 06:31 AM
PD is lucking out here with these tips and busts. Hope they keep coming in so they can get more, especially the ones that have drugs involved.
TVOR August 04, 2012 at 01:47 AM
I hope they get information that leads to more chop shop operations and buyers.
dbdiannabishop45@GMAIL.COM August 04, 2012 at 12:26 PM
You belive the dogs ferreted out this????? There was gps on the motor the house was staked out???? Duhhhh
dbdiannabishop45@GMAIL.COM August 04, 2012 at 12:28 PM
There full of misled info ,the patch is....come on people. Temec pd isn't that awesome. They got people talking and todays technology. Dog found suspect in attic. That's all.
dbdiannabishop45@GMAIL.COM August 04, 2012 at 12:30 PM
Wonder how they knew to bring dog when 5 units are posted outside house?
dbdiannabishop45@GMAIL.COM August 04, 2012 at 12:32 PM
Not condoneing any of it. Police lie. It was under surveilance. For days. Put the whole story in., temec pd.
dbdiannabishop45@GMAIL.COM August 04, 2012 at 12:34 PM
Your a fucken reject supporting lies about our police dept. They lie.I'm a witness
TonyAndJenn4ever August 05, 2012 at 08:58 AM
Damn gps on the motor?? That's crazy how u no so much about the whole story..and a witness at that..sounds too me like u might even be working for them too..i just saying..
dianna b. August 06, 2012 at 04:07 AM
Nope but that was ex boyfriend and I just know. Don't doubt whys he's an ex boyfriend. And the other chick they didn't mention kristy reynolds was released wonder why?
Maxx August 06, 2012 at 08:16 PM
lol- ummmm still its a chop shop. Are you mad that you didnt get your new rims?

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