3 arrested at Hi-Desert chop shop


Three people were arrested at a property that the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department determined was a chop shop in Johnson Valley on Tuesday.

After serving an arrest warrant on Cholla Road, deputies located a stolen Baja bug and sand rail in various stages of dismantling and repair, according to a news release. Deputies also located an obvious electrical bypass and property, which had been stolen in a residential burglary in Landers, in 2017.

Southern California Edison investigators responded to the scene and determined that approximately $35,000 of electricity had been stolen.

Jordana Mcelroy, Dennis Squires, and Justin Long, all of Johnson Valley, were arrested for operating a chop shop, theft of utilities, possession of stolen property, various narcotic offenses and several arrest warrants. They were all booked at the Morongo Basin Jail.