SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Northern California prosecutors say they have charged a veteran police officer with running a chop shop and possessing stolen cart parts worth more than $75,000.
The San Jose Mercury News reports (http://bayareane.ws/1UkqhqH) Santa Clara Police officer Tyson Green was arrested Friday.
Santa Clara County deputy district attorney Michael Vidmar says Green was charged with one count of owning and operating a chop shop and two counts of receiving stolen property.
Prosecutors say Green, a 14-year police veteran, was using a San Jose garage to store four engines, each worth more than $15,000, and a dozen car computers that came from cars that had been stolen in the Bay Area.
It wasn’t immediately clear if Green had an attorney. If convicted, he faces up to five years in prison.