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United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner
Eastern District of California

Tracy “Chop Shop” Owner Sentenced to 13 Months in Prison

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Docket #: 2:08-cr-580



SACRAMENTO, Calif. — United States District Judge Lawrence K. Karlton sentenced Daryl Charles, 46, of Tracy, to 13 months in prison, to be followed by three years of supervised release, for falsification of motor vehicle parts identification numbers, United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner announced.

This case was a product of an investigation by the Tracy Police Department and the California Highway Patrol. Assistant United States Attorney Kyle Reardon prosecuted the case.

According to court documents, Charles sold stolen motorcycles and engines whose vehicle identification numbers and engine identification numbers he had filed or stripped away. In order to sell these motorcycles, he stamped a new number on the motorcycle frame or engine. On April 5, 2005, Charles sold a stolen 2002 Yamaha motorcycle through eBay to a customer in Iowa for $5,900. This motorcycle was originally stolen in San Diego, but by the time it was recovered in Iowa, Charles had changed the motorcycle VIN. He had also re-stamped the engine on the motorcycle with a new identification number.

That same year, Charles sold a 2004 Suzuki motorcycle to a person in Culver City for approximately $5,000. The engine on this motorcycle was stolen.

In July 2007, Tracy Police received information that stolen motorcycle parts were being advertised on eBay by a person using the screen name “Booroe.” This person was later identified as Charles. Tracy Police conducted an undercover operation and purchased two stolen motorcycle parts from Charles.

Tracy police searched Charles’s home on August 23, 2007. They found records of motorcycle parts shipped to England, copies of Department of Motor Vehicle documents connecting Charles to stolen motorcycles, test print-outs of fraudulent federal certification labels (one of which matched a sticker found on a stolen motorcycle), as well as metal stamping equipment similar to what was used to stamp the fraudulent vehicle identification numbers on the stolen bikes. Found in Charles’s garage was a stolen 2005 Yamaha R-1 motorcycle frame and engine. The police also found both of the cashier’s checks that had been mailed to “Booroe” by the Tracy police during their undercover eBay purchases.

In sentencing, Judge Karlton found that Charles was in the business of buying and selling stolen motorcycle parts. Judge Karlton noted that given his background, education, and character, he “could have been, should have been a significant benefit to society.” Nonetheless, a prison sentence was warranted because the impact that Charles’s role in the stolen motorcycle industry in Northern California was far-reaching and significant. The 13-month sentence was necessary to deter others who might consider engaging in similar crimes. Following Charles’s arrest, California Highway Patrol Investigators noticed a significant drop in the number of motorcycles reported stolen in the Sacramento area.



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