Police discover dismantled $200,000 Ferrari in chop shop

It’ll take all the king's horses to put this Italian stallion back together.

Police in England have uncovered evidence of a major “chop shop” operation in a self-storage facility where the scattered remains of a $200,000 Ferrari California were recovered among parts from several stolen cars.

Stolen Ferrari parts uncovered by police after raiding storage containers suspected of being used by criminals. See NTI story NTIFERRARI; Police seized a Ferrari steering wheel along with stolen supercar parts after raiding hundreds of illegal chop shops. Officers using specialist cutting equipment are searching around 200 storage containers at the site in Curzon Street, Birmingham. Officers have also found counterfeit alcohol and tobacco with an estimated value of £3 million. Acting on intelligence, West Midlands Police swooped on the site, just outside the city centre, in a dawn raid on Thursday (28/3). Of the 30 containers that have been searched so far, parts from nine stolen vehicles have been recovered.

The trunklid identifies the car as a Ferrari California.  (SWNS)

Authorities are searching through roughly 200 shipping containers at the Birmingham location, SWNS reports.

Stolen Ferrari parts uncovered by police after raiding storage containers suspected of being used by criminals. See NTI story NTIFERRARI; Police seized a Ferrari steering wheel along with stolen supercar parts after raiding hundreds of illegal chop shops. Officers using specialist cutting equipment are searching around 200 storage containers at the site in Curzon Street, Birmingham. Officers have also found counterfeit alcohol and tobacco with an estimated value of £3 million. Acting on intelligence, West Midlands Police swooped on the site, just outside the city centre, in a dawn raid on Thursday (28/3). Of the 30 containers that have been searched so far, parts from nine stolen vehicles have been recovered.

The steering wheel and the entire top of the dash were removed intact.  (SWNS)

A steering wheel, dash board, trunk lid and a carbon ceramic brake unit worth thousands of dollars are a few of the recognizable pieces of the Ferrari that police said were destined for the black market.

Stolen Ferrari parts uncovered by police after raiding storage containers suspected of being used by criminals. See NTI story NTIFERRARI; Police seized a Ferrari steering wheel along with stolen supercar parts after raiding hundreds of illegal chop shops. Officers using specialist cutting equipment are searching around 200 storage containers at the site in Curzon Street, Birmingham. Officers have also found counterfeit alcohol and tobacco with an estimated value of £3 million. Acting on intelligence, West Midlands Police swooped on the site, just outside the city centre, in a dawn raid on Thursday (28/3). Of the 30 containers that have been searched so far, parts from nine stolen vehicles have been recovered.

The Ferrari's carbon ceramic brakes are potentially worth thousands of dollars.  (SWNS)

Over $4 million worth of counterfeit alcohol and tobacco products were also discovered in the 30 containers examined so far.  

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Police plan to look through the roughly 200 shipping containers at the storage facility.  (Google Earth)

“This is a significant blow to organized criminals who wrongly believe they can operate under the radar and out of sight,” Detective Inspector Rod Rose of the West Midlands Police said.