Vehicles in various stages of dismantling led deputies to believe a home in the 5000 block of Moon Way in Wonder Valley was being used as a chop shop.

WONDER VALLEY — What began as an attempt to serve a misdemeanor arrest warrant, at a home in the 5000 block of Moon Way here Tuesday, June 25, ended with a Twentynine Palms man facing charges of operating a chop shop.

Jeffrey App, 61, also faces charges of being a convicted felon in possession of ammunition and firearms. He was arrested for operating a chop shop, possessing firearms and ammunition and receiving a stolen vehicle.

He is due in Morongo Basin Superior Court, to face charges of owning a chop shop, possession of a stolen vehicle and illegal possession of firearms and ammunition, at 1:15 p.m. Thursday, June 27.

He is also facing a charge of reckless driving.

He was being held in the Morongo Basin Jail in lieu of $75,000 bail on the main charges and $5,000 bail on the reckless driving charge.

Deputies came to the residence on Moon Way, to serve a warrant on App, at 9 a.m. They located a 2004 Harley Davidson on the property and found, through a records check, that it had been reported stolen.

Deputies contacted App and detained him on suspicion of receiving a stolen vehicle. A search warrant was authored and executed.

Deputies located numerous rounds of ammunition for various types of firearms, one rifle and with the help of the San Bernardino Auto Theft Task Force located two additional stolen vehicles on the property in different stages of disassembly.

Anyone with information regarding this case is urged to contact the Morongo Basin Station at (760) 366-4175. Callers wishing to remain anonymous are urged to call the We-tip Hotline at 1-800-78-CRIME (27463) or leave information on the We-Tip Hotline at

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Marshal Dillon

It's unfortunate that some people have to take what others have worked so hard for. This crook needs to sing a song of all his partners, buyers, and suppliers.

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