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Facebook posting leads authorities to alleged Loomis chop shop

A Facebook posting of stolen property resulted in the discovery of an alleged chop shop in Loomis and the arrest of four men.

The busts began with the Placer Land Trust filing a report with Auburn police that listed the theft of a Ford truck, an all-terrain vehicle and a lawn mower. Someone with the land trust organization also posted photos of the stolen items on Facebook.

A citizen who saw the post told Placer County deputies of the possible whereabouts of the items. Deputies and officers from the Regional Auto Theft Task Force went to a residence in the 7500 block of O’Haver Lane in Loomis where they found the land trust property, plus five stolen vehicles and motorcycle engines and frames.

The frames were minus identification numbers that were removed at the chop shop where vehicles were dismantled so that parts could be sold, according to a sheriff’s press release.

Four men were arrested: Richard Burns, 35, who lived at the residence was charged with suspicion of operating a chop shop, four counts of possession of stolen property and grand theft; Nicholas Reed Williams, 21, of Auburn who faced similar charges; Lawrence N. Olsen, 31, a transient with possession of stolen vehicle parts and Joseph Collier, 19, of Auburn with possession of narcotics and paraphernalia.