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"Chop shop" busted, man caught

Monday, August 25, 2003

An investigation by the Indiana State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigations and J.D. Goldner that began July 16, 2003 has led to the arrests Nathan J. Lane, Shawn W. Chilton and Richard D. Shorter. The trio charged with a total of 9 felonies and 2 misdemeanors.

At 5:38 p.m. on July 16 warrants were executed at the locations of 3348 E. CR 1300 N., Brazil and 9425 Erickson Street, Terre Haute. Members of the Indiana State Police Bureau of Investigations, uniformed officers and members of the Clay County's Sheriff's Department served the search warrants. Recovered from the addresses were vehicles and vehicle parts that were reported stolen in Hendricks, Parke and Vigo counties.

Twenty-eight year-old Lane of 3348 E. CR 1300 N., Brazil has been charged in Clay County Superior Court with possession of stolen auto parts, counts I, II, and III and possession of vehicle knowing has altered vin, counts I, II, and III. All are Class D felonies.

Lane has also been charged in Parke Circuit Court with aiding in the offense of fraud, a Class D felony. Chilton, age 23, of 466 Roberts Road, Terre Haute has been charged in Division 4 Court in Vigo County with fraud, a Class D Felony and false informing, a Class A misdemeanor.

Shorter, age 22, of 6242 S. 5th Ave., Terre Haute has been charged in Parke County Circuit Court with fraud, a Class D felony and false informing, a Class A misdemeanor.

The investigation is ongoing and anyone who may have further information is asked to notify the Indiana State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigations at (812) 299-1153 or 1-800-742-0717.

Brett Kemper was arrested at the Pilot Gas Station located at I-70 and SR 46 on Aug. 21 by Indiana State Police.

An ongoing investigation of thefts in the areas of Marion, Vigo and Monroe counties by the Indiana State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation led to the arrest of the subject. Assisting in the investigation was the Indiana State Police Terre Haute District, Conservation Department, Marion County Sheriff's Department and the Indianapolis Police Department Pawn Detail.

Kemper, a 38-year-old Terre Haute resident had two counts of forgery, being a habitual offender and theft and one count receiving stolen property against him in Monroe County. He also had two counts of auto theft in Vigo County.

Kemper is being held at the Vigo Security Center.



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