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

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.


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.