Man charged with running ‘chop shop’ after stolen car part found on Frayser lot

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Two Memphis males have been charged with managing a “chop shop” after a stolen motor vehicle aspect was found on a ton in Frayser.

Law enforcement said a lady noted her 2010 Infiniti G37 stolen in December of 2021. The car’s benefit was believed at $10,225.

Vanessa Summerville-Griffen, a heart affected person, applied the vehicle to get to doctor’s appointments in Nashville. She claimed she viewed an individual steal her Infiniti outside a Hickory Hill condominium advanced although she was taking care of her expecting daughter.

“The human being just received out of an Infiniti truck, walked up to my automobile, clicked it as if it was his opened the doorway got in, and drove away,” she reported.

Virtually six months later, on Wednesday, detectives located the motor of the Infiniti at a great deal on Whitney Avenue near Dellwood Avenue. Law enforcement say detectives located many vehicles and areas “in numerous stages of disrepair” on the lot.

Like the engine to her Infiniti. The VIN selection matched the 1 owned by the Griffens.

Though they checked to see if any of them had also been described stolen, a person identified as Eric Aldridge approached them and claimed he was the lessee of the large amount and owned the assets that was there.

Law enforcement explained Aldridge was detained on the scene and afterwards questioned, where he reportedly gave a statement reiterating that he was the lessee of the whole lot.

The lot’s owner, discovered as Ahmed Alshujaa, was also arrested. Police say Alshujaa advised officers he understood operate was remaining completed on the ton and he felt that Aldridge was not conducting a authorized organization, but he did not truly feel the want to contact law enforcement.

Alshujaa also reportedly told law enforcement he took funds payments from Aldridge and never ever gave any receipts. He claimed he paid the strength invoice for two months until finally he reduce it off someday in the fall.

Memphis Law enforcement did not say no matter whether Aldridge admitted to thieving the Infiniti, but Vanessa’s partner, Howard, mentioned police explained to them Infiniti’s are frequently specific in the spot.

“Someone who has the ability set to get an motor out of a motor vehicle could legitimately do the job a position. They could start their personal enterprise and in all probability make even additional income and not have to appear above their shoulder,” Howard mentioned.

The vehicle has been replaced but they both of those stated understanding it was quite possibly butchered at a chop shop adds to the decline.

“For them, it was seriously just an object or virtually trash to them, but it intended something to us,” Howard explained.

Guided by their religion, they are hoping for the probability to discuss with Aldridge encounter-to-encounter in court docket.

“I want to see him just question ‘what are you contemplating?’ Do you understand you are hurting a person,” Vanessa reported.

Aldridge has been billed with prohibited operation/ownership of a chop cease and theft of house well worth $10,000 – $60,000.

He’s because of in courtroom up coming week.