Mansfield, Texas - Mansfield Police Department arrested two men, Adedeji Awoniyi, 33, and Theria Mitchell, 50, last month after a tip led police to a cache of reportedly stolen cars and parts, combined worth nearly $665,000.
According to Mansfield Police Department, the Tri-County Auto Theft Task Force got a tip in from the Italy Texas Police Department regarding a place off of S. Highway 77 that allegedly contained stolen vehicles and parts.
Police obtained two search warrants for the establishment in Italy. During the searches, Mansfield police said 27 stolen vehicles and numerous unidentified parts that had been removed from the vehicles were found.
According to estimates from National Automobile Dealers Association (NADA), the recovered vehicles were reported to be valued at $578,175. The recovered parts were valued at $86,802, making the aggregate total of recoveries estimated to be at approximately $664,997.
The investigation resulted in two arrests, with Awoniyi and Mitchell being charged with engaging in organized criminal activity and theft greater than $300,000.
Despite the arrests, the investigation is currently ongoing.