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Police raid Arlington home thought to be cycle chop shop

Authorities say they have broken up what they suspect was a motorcycle chop shop operating in a residential neighborhood in south Arlington.

The red brick house with white trim in the 7200 block of George Finger Road was packed with what investigators believe are stolen motorcycle parts, said Jesse Minton, a detective with the Tarrant Regional Auto Crimes Task Force. The house is near the intersection with East Harris Road.

“It is a three-bedroom house and two bedrooms were basically being used as storage,” Minton said. “There were shelves and hanging racks with fairings. We’ve got three motorcycle batteries, mufflers, tires and gas tanks.

“That attic was packed.”

The house was under surveillance for several days, he said. On Tuesday night, investigators saw someone rolling two motorcycles that they had reason to believe were stolen into the garage.

Officers got a search warrant and served it at 7 a.m. Wednesday, he said. No one answered the door when officers knocked, so they forced entry.

Inside, they found a man, a woman and a young child, Minton said. The man, Van Su Tran, was arrested on suspicion of felony theft. His age was not immediatly available.

Investigators have recovered three stolen motorcycles, two that were reported missing in north Dallas and one in Arlington. Most of the stripped parts came from Yamahas, Suzukis, and Hondas, he said.

Each of those motorcycles are worth between $6,000 and $10,000, he said.

“We have 28 motorcycle batteries, so if each one represents a stolen motorcycle, that is a lot,” Minton said.

Further arrests could follow, he said.