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Sunnyside police uncover what appears to be chop shop

After investigating several reports of vehicle thefts over the past few weeks, Sunnyside officers found a lead.

Upon receiving new information related to the theft of an automobile from Sunnyside, last Sunday, Aug. 5, officer Tony Russell continued the investigation, which led to him obtaining a search warrant for a residence in the 300 block of East A Street in Granger.

During the execution of that search warrant, officials say the remains of three stolen vehicles were located in the building, along with more than 180 grams of a controlled substance, drug materials and various automotive parts.

Officers report they found remains of previously reported stolen vehicles from Sunnyside, Yakima and Toppenish. Police say the location appeared to have been used as a chop shop for stolen automobiles as the three recovered stolen cars had been disassembled.

Officers arrested Adan Villa and charged him with first degree theft. Villa was arrested originally on warrants and later held on theft charges related to the stolen cars.

Officers say at least one more suspect will be charged and the case has since been forwarded to the Yakima County Prosecutor's Office.

Sunnyside police officers also investigated three theft reports yesterday.

At around 10:30 a.m., officers went to a residence in the 1400 block of South First Street to take statements from a resident who said a flower planter was stolen from the property.

Later in the day, at around 1:30 p.m., officers were called to the 1300 block of Saul Road. A citizen told police that a 40-inch JVC flat-screen television had gone missing. The resident explained the home was left unoccupied for a few hours. Upon returning home, the resident noticed the television, valued at $750, was missing.

Officers are also investigating a report of a stolen wallet.

In addition, Sunnyside officers since yesterday have also responded to two automatic alarms, two reports of disorderly conduct, a domestic violence incident, a court-order violation and served three warrants.

Officers also fielded two informational calls, investigated four suspicious circumstance reports and responded to three agency assistance requests and three citizen assistance requests yesterday.

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