Police bust chop shop, for snowmobiles

February 25, 2008 5:06:01 AM PST
The determination of an angry snowmobile owner - plus miles and miles of tracks in the snow - have led police to a suspected chop shop for stolen snowmobiles.

Police say the man discovered Saturday that his snowmobile was missing from his home in Van Buren County's Arlington Township in southwest Michigan.

The man, whose name was not released, called police and set out on a borrowed snowmobile following tracks in the snow for about 10 miles through fields and along roads.

Relatives and friends followed by car as he trailed the tracks to a home in Bangor Township.

"The tracks that they had followed led right up to a garage door," Michigan State Police said in a news release.

Inside the garage, police found the man's snowmobile, already disassembled, plus three others and many snowmobile parts.

Police said they had numerous suspects and expected to file charges.

Bangor Township is about 25 miles west of Kalamazoo and some 155 miles west of Detroit.