Man Arrested When Deputies Found Chop Shop at His Hemet Home

Man Arrested When Deputies Found Chop Shop at His Hemet Home

HEMET – A Hemet man was arrested after authorities from the RAID task force located a chop shop at his home. On Wednesday, February 15, 2017, at around 1:00 p.m.

Michael Lopez, 51, was contacted by members of the RAID task force in the area of Calvert and Keith in Hemet. Lopez was found to be armed with a loaded 9mm handgun and was under the influence of methamphetamine. Lopez was placed under arrest and a search warrant was served at his home in the 33000 block of Keith.

At the home two stolen vehicles, 14 additional firearms, and drug paraphernalia were located. Lopez was booked into jail for Felon in Possession of a Firearm, Vehicle Theft and Operating a Chop Shop. Anyone with information related to vehicle theft can report anonymously to R.A.I.D. at (951) 955-2770.


R.A.I.D. is a multi-agency task force comprised of law enforcement personnel from the California Highway Patrol, Riverside Sheriff’s Department, Riverside Police Department, Murrieta Police Department, National Insurance Crime Bureau, and the Department of Insurance.  R.A.I.D.’s mission is to investigate, arrest and prosecute criminals responsible for Riverside County vehicle theft.  

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  • Michael-Lopez: Photos provided by Riverside County Sheriff's Department