QUARTZ HILL – A 44-year-old Quartz Hill man was arrested on suspicion of running a local chop shop after an auto-theft task force recovered three stolen classic vehicles from the man’s home.
Don Faison was arrested around 3:30 p.m. Tuesday at his home in the 4600 block of West M-12, according to Sergeant Jess Corral of the Taskforce for Regional Auto Theft Prevention (T.R.A.P.).
TRAP detectives had previously served a search warrant at the Quartz Hill home on July 24, while acting on a tip about where classic stolen vehicles were being stored.
Detectives seized and impounded four cars during the raid, but Faison was not at the location at the time, Corral stated.
Three of the cars were identified as stolen, and their vehicle identification numbers had been changed to avoid detection. According to Corral:
- A 1955 Chevrolet Bel Air was stolen in May 2011 from the Santa Monica area;
- A 1960 Chevrolet Impala was stolen in April 2011 from the Monrovia area; and
- A 1958 Chevrolet Impala convertible was stolen in March 2007 from the Mission Hills area;
The ‘58 Chevy Impala was in better condition than before it was stolen, officials said.
In describing the unusual recovery, Corral stated: “The victim who was the original owner of a 1958 Chevrolet Impala which was stolen in March 2007, had no insurance for this vehicle at the time of theft. When the vehicle was located during this operation and returned to him, he found that the suspect(s) had completely restored his vehicle from the frame up. The vehicle had been repainted, new upholstery added, etc. In essence, his vehicle was returned in better condition than before it was stolen. This doesn’t occur very often and he is a lucky individual.”
Faison was booked at Van Nuys jail on Tuesday for Felony 10801 C.V.C. Operating a Chop Shop, authorities said. He was released that same day after posting bond, according to LASD inmate records.
He is due in court on Aug. 27 to face charges.
The Taskforce for Regional Auto Theft Prevention (TRAP) was established in 1993 under the direction of the Countywide Criminal Justice Coordination Committee (CCJCC) with the Sheriff designated as the Regional Coordinator. The TRAP West Team is comprised of investigators from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, Los Angeles Police Department, California Highway Patrol, Glendale Police Department, Department of Motor Vehicles, and National Insurance Crime Bureau.