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Owner of Stolen 1949 Ford Shoebox Does His Own Sleuthing, Discovers Woodland Hills Chop Shop

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Photo courtesy of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department
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The alleged operators of a chop shop messed with the wrong car.When a 1949 Ford Shoebox was stolen last May, the classic car's owner took matters into his own hands. It took him five months, but eventually he found the parts of a car like his being resold on Craigslist. He arranged a meeting to buy them back from someone at a home in Woodland Hills. The owner alerted the authorities who went undercover and were able to buy back almost all of the parts, including the frame itself.

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Photo courtesy of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department
Two men arrested on suspicion of operating a chop shop were Johann Cass, 30, and Mitchell Landau, 34, of Los Angeles. They're being held in lieu of $25,000 bail each.