GREENFIELD — In recent months, the Greenfield community has been impacted by a series of vehicle thefts and break-ins, and local officers have been working to resolve these crimes.
Through the investigations, Greenfield Police Department said 34-year-old David Aguilera of Greenfield emerged as a suspect.
On Jan. 29, Greenfield officers, with assistance from California Highway Patrol detectives, served a search warrant at Aguilera’s residence on the 300 block of Thorp Avenue. Out of an abundance of caution, Cesar Chavez Elementary School was temporarily placed on lockdown during the operation.
“Our search led to the recovery of stolen property from various vehicles and the discovery of a ‘chop shop’ — an illegal operation where stolen vehicles are stripped of parts or altered to be sold or used,” police said.
A stolen vehicle was also recovered from the premises.
Aguilera was arrested for vehicle theft and taken to the Monterey County Jail.