A man arrested during an investigation into a “chop shop” garage dealing in piles of stolen car parts has been jailed.
Michael Burton, 29,of Kingsway, Whiston appeared at Liverpool crown court where he admitted handling stolen goods, possession with intent to supply cocaine, dangerous driving and assaulting a constable.
He was arrested on November 14 after officers went to Delph Lane, Whiston following reports of suspected stolen parts and vehicles being stored at a premises there.
While they were carrying out inquiries, a Mercedes car was seen to make off from the location. It was stopped nearby on warrington Road and Burton was arrested.
A total of 14 identified stolen vehicles and parts were seized in addition to cocaine from his home address.
Burton was jailed for five years and eight months. He was also disqualified from driving for four years.
Detective Chief Inspector Chris Sephton, of Merseyside Police, said: “This was an excellent result following a comprehensive investigation and an early guilty plea by Burton. If anyone has information on similar locations please come forward and I can assure you that we will act on all information provided.
“Chop shops take and redistribute stolen vehicles and parts, which not only causes distress and inconvenience to those who have vehicles stolen, but also massive dangers if the vehicles are sold on to unsuspecting members of the public.
“Burton was additionally involved in the supply of drugs, which shows that such criminality also funds other serious and organised crime, all of which causes such harm in our communities.”
Anyone with information on vehicle crime or drug supply is asked to call police on 101, or contact charity Crimestoppers anonymously and for free on 0800 555 111.