With the help of social media, a number of stolen items were located at a make shift chop shop in the Loomis area. Last Friday the Placer Land Trust reported to Auburn Police that one of their trucks and some equipment had been stolen. The information was then posted too Facebook. As a result, Placer Sheriff Public Information Officer, Dena Erwin, says a tip was called into the Sheriff’s Office.
Erwin says that it was a collaborative effort that led to the discovery and associated arrests.
Richard Burns, 35, who lived at the residence and was charged with operating a chop shop, four counts of possession of stolen property, grand theft and criminal conspiracy;
Nicholas Reed Williams, 21, of Auburn, same charges as Burns, except for three counts of stolen property, not four;
Lawrence Nicholas Olsen, 31, transient, charged with possession of stolen vehicle parts; and
Joseph Collier, 19, of Auburn, charged with possession of narcotics and paraphernalia.
The investigation is still ongoing.