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Police say chop shop for Honda cars found in Gaston Co. home

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Police have uncovered what they say is a "chop shop" for stolen Honda automobiles at a home in Gaston County.

Police say a suspicious pickup truck led them to a home in the 500 block of Oakwood Lane where they discovered two Hondas stolen from Hickory and Charlotte. The cars had been stripped of their engines and transmissions.

A search of the building uncovered numerous Honda engines, transmissions, body panels, wheels, and interior parts.

Officers noticed suspicious activity just before 3:00 a.m. Sunday near Oakwood Lane at Hickory Grove Road. Police say a pickup truck fled when they saw the officers approaching. Shortly after, police located the truck at a home on Oakwood Lane.

Two Gastonia men are charged in the case. 25-year-old Patrick Brandon Hinson and 23-year-old Curtis Lee Hinson are charged with two counts each of possession a stolen vehicle and with chop shop activity.

Police are still investigating and say that more arrests are expected.

If you have information about this case, call Gaston County Police at 704-866-3320 or Crime Stoppers at 704-861-8000.

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