1 Arrested After Alleged Chop Shop Bust Near Harrah, 2 Suspects At Large


Thursday, May 28th 2020, 9:00 pm
By: Bonnie Campo


OKLAHOMA COUNTY -

A chop shop investigation is underway near Harrah, in east Oklahoma County.

Deputies said they have already found meth, and over $30,000 in stolen property at a property off of Breezeway Heights.

The woman who was arrested, 50-year-old Shannon Stephenson, said this isn’t what it looks like.

She said her yard is full of junk, not a chop shop.

Investigators said the evidence is pretty clear because a number of vehicles, and other items that were found had previously been reported stolen out of Oklahoma City.

“May 20th our investigators got a tip of a chop shop in eastern Oklahoma County,” said Mark Myers of the Oklahoma County courthouse. “They started doing surveillance at that time. They looked up one of the owners of the property and determined that she had some outstanding warrants related to a meth case from 2017.”

When News 9 arrived at the scene Thursday, Stephenson’s son was there and called his mom on the phone to speak with us.

She has bonded out of jail.

“There is no chop shop. There is two cars there,” Stephenson said.  

Deputies from Pottawatomie County helped Oklahoma County by sending up their drone. Aside from vehicles, investigators also located a commercial size spool of copper wire worth about $16,000.

“At least one of those stolen vehicles is an Oklahoma Police Department case.

The pick-up truck that was stolen out of Oklahoma City—they had started stripping that and were likely going to steal parts to make money,” said Myers.

Stephenson said the investigation is built on lies—and she doesn’t know much about the stolen vehicles but can’t go into detail right now.

“They lied about the reason they were there. They searched it before they got a warrant. There was no reason to be on my property, and there is no chop shop there,” said Stephenson.

Investigators said they are still searching for two other men connected to the chop shop.

Also ongoing, the Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality has been called in for a number of environmental violations.

Deputies reported finding burn pits along the property.

“It looks like they were melting some of the plastic off the utility spools, and pulling the cooper out of them,” said Myers.

Police are not releasing the names of the two other suspects until they are arrested.