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“Chop shop” group arrested in Parker County

Parker County Sheriff’s investigators working with the Weatherford-Parker County Special Crimes Unit and the Tarrant County Regional Auto Crimes Task Force conducted a six-month investigation, arresting four people in connection to an organized criminal activity ring.

In February, investigators conducted search warrants, recovering three stolen trailers and parts of an additional trailer at a residence in southern Parker County.

More than $271,000 in stolen property has been recovered during the investigation including seven trailers, three vehicles, two firearms and miscellaneous hand tools valued at $10,000.

Sheriff’s investigators reported eight cases filed with the PCSO have been solved as a direct result of the operation. A stolen truck was discovered by Alvarado Police in February, at a motel during a suspicious persons call where Charles Brian Perrin, 30, was driving the stolen truck. The license plate of a stolen trailer was found during an inventory of the stolen truck. Other similar cases were also reported across Northern Parker County, Palo Pinto County, Tarrant County and Graham. The cases were filed with the Sheriff’s Criminal Investigation Division and the TCRATF, which conducted a surveillance operation, resulting in the arrests of the suspects involved.

A further investigation led to the home address of one of the suspects in the 400 block of Longhorn Trail, where investigators discovered a “chop shop,” containing parts to several reported stolen vehicles.

Investigators obtained warrants for other suspects involved in the illegal operation.

In an attempt to serve one of those warrants on Eric Ian Sampley, 38, he resisted arrest and assaulted two Weatherford Police Officers, adding additional charges to his arrest warrant.

The head of the illegal operation was identified as Patrick Birch Calvert, 40. He was arrested and charged with two counts of theft of property $2,500 to $30,000, and engaging in organized criminal activity. Calvert remains incarcerated at the Parker County Jail with a total bond of $92,500.

Sampley also remains incarcerated without bond at the Parker County Jail on charges of engaging in organized criminal activity, two counts of assault of a public servant, resisting arrest search or transport and a parole violation.

Other suspects identified in connection with the chop shop illegal operation were identified as Charles Brian Perrin, 30, and Chance Wayne Stephenson.

Perrin was incarcerated at the Johnson County Jail on charges of engaging in organized criminal activity and theft of property among other charges from Johnson County.

Stephenson remains incarcerated at the Parker County Jail on charges of engaging in organized criminal activity and theft of property. His bond was set at $90,000.

Additional warrants are pending the ongoing investigation.

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