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[ISP] Auto Theft Ring Investigation Results in Several Felony Arrests
Start Date: 2/16/2014Start Time: 12:00 AM
End Date: 2/16/2014
Entry Description

October 2013 - Indiana State Police Senior Trooper Dan Hearon began an investigation into a large auto theft ring that spanned northern Morgan, Hendricks and Marion Counties. S/Trp. Hearon began working closely with several agencies, including the Morgan County Sheriff’s Department, the Hendricks County Sheriff’s Department, the Plainfield Police Department and the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department, gathering leads and information that ultimately led to several felony arrests.

The in-depth investigation revealed information on several possible suspects and several “chop shops”, or facilities where stolen vehicles are taken, disassembled and then sold off piece by piece. It was discovered that several of the stolen vehicles were being parted out, sold off, the remaining metal then burned and sold as scrap.

To date, S/Trp. Hearon has located and shut down three of the “chop shops”. These were located on County Road 675 West in Monrovia, SR 67 in Indianapolis and Ingalls Drive in Indianapolis. He has recovered a total of seven stolen automobiles that were still intact. In addition, there have been multiple engines and various auto parts recovered that had previously been removed from other stolen vehicles. A stolen gun and many stolen tools from burglaries in the Indianapolis area have also been recovered from the “chop shops” and vehicles.

ISP has arrested four suspects throughout this investigation for various criminal offenses such as possessing stolen automobiles and property. The investigation has also led to the solving of various burglaries and thefts in multiple jurisdictions.

1. Daniel Beverstock, 54 – Possession of Stolen Vehicle
8350 Hilltop Lane Martinsville, In
Arrested on 12-10-13

2. Christopher Morgan, 34 – Possession of Stolen Vehicle
2944 Addison Meadows Lane Indianapolis, IN
Arrested on 12-10-13

3. Chad B. Gooch – Possession of Stolen Vehicle
1333 Shepard Street Indianapolis, IN
DOB: 03-23-81
Arrested on 12-10-13

4. Joshua C. Argue, 29 – Possession of Stolen Vehicle and Possession of Stolen Property
10530 N. CR 675W Monrovia, IN
Arrested on 12-18-13

This investigation is on-going and more arrests are expected. Anyone with information on this case is asked to call the Indiana State Police post in Bloomington at (812) 332-4411.

Contact Information:
Name: Sgt. Curt Durnil
Phone: 812-332-4411
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