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More charges levied in Shreveport chop shop investigation

Alvin Lattier, Jr., 30 (Source: Shreveport Police Department) Alvin Lattier, Jr., 30 (Source: Shreveport Police Department)
Carlos Edwards, 24 (Source: Shreveport Police Department) Carlos Edwards, 24 (Source: Shreveport Police Department)
SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) -

Investigators are back out at a West Shreveport warehouse, where they say a large chop shop operation has been uncovered.

The operation was discovered on Friday, after tip from the owner of a stolen vehicle led officers to the warehouse in the 4200 block of Pro Street.

Officers went to check it out and confirmed the parts were from the stolen vehicle. Further investigation revealed that numerous items inside the warehouse appeared to be from countless stolen vehicles.

Two people have been arrested so far. 30-year-old Alvin Lattier, who leases the warehouse, was arrested and charged with illegal possession of stolen things. Lattier faces additional charges after more dismantled vehicles were found in the warehouse during Monday's investigation. Authorities say they are convinced that Lattier was the mastermind behind the operation.

Carlos Edwards, 24, also was arrested. He was charged with illegal possession of a stolen firearm, which was found inside the warehouse. Police say Edwards admitted to ownership of the weapon. Investigators are still working to determine what role, if any, Edwards may have played in the alleged chop shop operation.

Police say more charges and arrests are possible. They add that they were successful in locating at least three vehicles that had been dismantled along with numerous other vehicle parts that had vehicle identification numbers removed.  Authorities from the Louisiana State Police were called in to assist in the investigation and were instrumental in identifying several stolen items.

SPD Cpl. Marcus Hines says the warehouse is now in police possession, with the Shreveport Police Property Crimes Unit investigating. Louisiana State Police also have been called in to assist because of the scale of operation.

Investigators are expected to be on the property all day, taking vehicle identification numbers for processing to determine just how much of the inventory they found there is stolen.

Hines says the stolen body parts included doors, engines, radio components, seats, and more.

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