50 officers raid suspected Pend Oreille County chop-shop

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by OTHELLO RICHARDS & KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on June 5, 2013 at 6:54 PM

Updated Thursday, Jun 6 at 10:05 AM

NEWPORT, Wash. -- Two men appeared in court on Wednesday for possession of stolen property. But authorities said they are facing additional charges.

Authorities in Pend Oreille County said they found guns, drugs, and stolen vehicles in a house outside of Newport. They are currently investigating to see if suspects Walter Todd, 49, and Robert Todd, 47, ran a chop-shop.

The property is in a secluded area five miles south of Newport off of Enchanted Forest Lane.

"I've been up here in this county for seven years and this was one of the first places I was told to watch out for," said Washington State Patrolman Kyle Witt, "and it hasn't changed since I've been up here." 

More than 50 officers from Pend Oreille County, Bonner County, Kootenai County, Spokane County, and Washington State Patrol joined SWAT teams from two agencies to raid the property. They arrested Walter Todd and Robert Todd without a fight.

"We found a marijuana grow along with meth, weapons, ammunition. So we are still digging, trying to figure out what we can come up with," Witt said.

"There's dozens and dozens of scrap cars, parts of cars that we're trying to comb through, looking to see if they are stolen off other cars," he added. "There's so much stuff back there, it's gonna take a long time to comb through everything and figure out what's stolen and what's not." 

 

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