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Complaint: Woodbury garage was home to active chop shop

Two men were arrested last week after police uncovered an apparent chop shop and assorted stolen goods at an apartment garage in Woodbury.

Prosecutors later charged Christopher Alan Siemers, 30, with three counts of receiving stolen property and one count of motor vehicle theft. Christopher Thomas Wall, 34, was charged with one count of receiving stolen property.

According to a criminal complaint, the men - both Elk River residents - were located April 9 at the Ashwood apartment complex after police responded to a report of two people using drugs and alcohol there.

Upon reaching the garage stall, officers found Wall and Siemers "exhibiting odd and excited behavior," the complaint states. Police spotted a Ford pickup truck that was in the process of being disassembled.

Police learned the truck was stolen and arrested the two men. After the arrest, officers secured a search warrant for the garage and the vehicles, which turned up additional stolen property. A car parked there was determined to be stolen, as well as a snowmobile.

A trailer and two handguns located during the search were also stolen, the complaint states. Police said methamphetamines, marijuana and drug paraphernalia was also turned up in the search.

In interviews with police, Wall admitted to driving the Ford truck, while Siemers admitted he was stripping down the truck in order to sell the parts.

Mike Longaecker

Mike Longaecker is the regional public safety reporter for RiverTown Multimedia. His coverage area spans St. Croix and Pierce counties. Longaecker served from 2011-2015 as editor of the Woodbury Bulletin. A University of Wisconsin-River Falls graduate, Longaecker previously reported for the Red Wing Republican Eagle and for the Forum Communications Minnesota Capitol Bureau. You can follow him on Twitter at @Longaecker

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