Tip leads officers to Affordable Automotive on Pacific Highway

by: PHOTO COURTESY OF TIGARD POLICE. - Police serve a search warrant at an alleged Tigard chop shop, on Jan. 10. by: PHOTO COURTESY OF TIGARD POLICE - Affordable Automotive, located 13080 S.W. Pacific HighwayTigard Police arrested a man accused of running a chop shop on Pacific Highway.

According to police, Christopher Ankeny, 46, and William Plantz, 66, both of Tigard, were involved in running a vehicle chop shop, stealing cars from the area and selling the parts.

The Tigard Police Commercial Crimes Unit reportedly investigated the shop, which was located at Affordable Automotive, 13080 S.W. Pacific Highway, after receiving an anonymous tip.

by: PHOTO COURTESY OF TIGARD POLICE - Police seize recovered stolen vehicle at Affordable Automotive.Police first searched the business on Jan. 10, where police found four stolen cars. Police also found two more stolen cars at a location in Sherwood.

A special agent with the National Insurance Crime Bureau assisted police with the investigation, said Tigard Police spokesman Jim Wolf.

“Criminals typically attempt to disguise stolen vehicles by altering and switching the vehicle identification numbers,” Wolf said.

However, agents with the bureau are trained to determine a vehicle’s true identity, he added.

Ankeny was arrested Tuesday and booked into the Washington County Jail on charges of trafficking stolen vehicles, possession of stolen vehicles and unauthorized use of a stolen vehicle.

Plantz was arrested on unrelated charges in October and faces similar criminal charges, Wolf said.

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