CHICAGO
06/27/2013 12:06 pm ET

Stolen Cars In Chicago Lawn Tow Yard: More Than 80 Cars, Parts Recovered During Police Raid

A search warrant for a stolen car led Chicago police to a Southwest Side tow yard — and a big surprise.

Police found at least 10 stolen vehicles and thousands of dollars in stolen parts on the lot in the 6400 block of South Bell Avenue in Chicago Lawn while executing the search warrant around 8 p.m. Wednesday.

The Tribune reports the GPS on a stolen vehicle led authorities to the lot.

After the nearly dozen stolen cars were discovered, police spent all evening towing more than 80 other vehicles for which the lot's owner had no paperwork or title. The cars on the lot included a Corvette and high-end SUVs, according to the Sun-Times.

In addition the towed cars — now being held at a city impound lot at 103rd Street and Doty Avenue —a police source told the Sun-Times stolen auto parts recovered include engines "so new you can eat off them," new tires and catalytic converters.

The most ironic find during the massive tow operation: Another tow truck. The owner of Pro Towing out of suburban Homer Glen told NBC Chicago the tow truck was stolen about three weeks ago from Crestwood.

The lot's owner was arrested after he was only able to provide five of the titles for the lot's worth of vehicles. ABC Chicago reports no charges have been filed and the owner is calling the situation a "misunderstanding."

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