Firefighters discover shop shop responding to 911 call - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Reported by Kontji Anthony

Firefighters discover shop shop responding to 911 call

El-Ra Radney heard an explosion and called 9-1-1.

When firefighters arrived, they found a chop shop.

"It actually brings a whole despicable image to the community. It makes us look bad," Radney said.

Firefighters discovered 16 suspicious cars on the scene and called police.

Police learned half the cars were stolen. Five have unknown owners. And three were unreadable.

They found GM and Chevy Pickups, Jeep Cherokees, Toyota Corollas, Dodge Intrepids. Most of them burned

Police say the choppers gutted the vehicles' engines, doors, and fenders. All kinds of car parts were missing.

Investigators believe they set fire to the cars to hide fingerprints and VIN numbers.

But the fire actually led police to them.

Charles Dorsey, Radney's father, said this didn't come soon enough. He said he called police the whole time.

"We call, call, call, call and this city has not responded," Dorsey said.

Dorsey is a retired solider and said it is time for the city to view Westwood as an important part of the city.

The Memphis police Auto Cargo Task Force will now go to salvage yards to try to track down the people who opened the chop shop.

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