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Spokane Police Break Up 'Chop Shop'

PRESS RELEASE FROM THE SPOKANE POLICE DEPT: Spokane Police Patrol Anti Crimes Team (PACT) located a stolen Honda Civic outside a North Spokane home Tuesday night. Cpl. Oien witnessed individuals at the home taking apart the vehicle and exchanging the parts with two other vehicles. 

Targeted Crimes Detectives executed a search warrant, recovering two additional Hondas as well as numerous other car parts. 

Dennis A. Martynenko (1/28/89) and Brandon C. Hill (7/14/93) were arrested for possession of a stolen vehicle. Both Martynenko and Hill have extensive local criminal histories.

Just after midnight on Tuesday, SPD Cpl. Shane Oien spotted a white Honda Civic that had been reported stolen, parked outside a detached garage near 4000 N. Pittsburg. 

Two suspects were removing wheels, tires and other parts from the stolen vehicle and putting them on another vehicle. 

PACT officers observed two other vehicles, both Hondas, inside the garage, that had been completely stripped down and parts had been exchanged between the two vehicles. Along with the two stripped down cars, there were numerous other car parts such as seats, hoods, fenders, bumpers, and molding throughout the garage. 

A stolen Honda scooter was found next to the garage. The owners of the white Honda and the scooter were contact by police and gratefully responded to identify and take possession of their stolen property. 

SPD's Targeted Crimes Unit executed a search warrant on Wednesday for the garage at 4000 N. Pittsburg to search for other potential evidence and stolen property. Detectives recovered the stolen Honda Accord and the "hulk" vehicle from inside the garage, as well as other stolen tools.

The garage appeared to have evidence consistent with a motor vehicle "chop shop" which in motor vehicle theft is a location that disassembles stolen automobiles for the purpose of using or trading the parts. 

Officers arrested and booked Dennis Martynenko and Brandon Hill for 2 counts of Possession of stolen vehicles. Martynenko is a member of the Repeat Offender Program (ROP), having seven felony convictions. Martynenko's convictions are for various property crimes.  Hill has an extensive local criminal history. 

This arrest is part of the Spokane Police Department's effort to identify and apprehend repeat offenders in order to minimize theft and property crimes within the City of Spokane. 

Steps Spokane Residents Can Take to Protect Property from Theft:

  • Watch for individuals who are out of place in your neighborhood…
  • Don't leave valuables in plain view, even if your car is locked
  • Always park in high-traffic, well-lighted areas when possible
  • Invest in the purchase of anti-theft security devices
  • If your vehicle is stolen, report it to the police immediately.
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