Jackson Police believe they have shut down a major stolen vehicle operation in the heart of the city. It happened with the help of neighbors. Police say this is an example of community policing at it's best.
Officers say they received a tip about a possible chop shop from residents on Fontaine. When they went to investigate, they found exactly what neighbors had alerted them about.
Numerous cars, were discovered hidden behind a burned out home. Officers began running VIN numbers, and found three that had been stolen out of Jackson, Ridgeland and Vicksburg. They also found a tow truck that they believe the thieves used to steal the cars.
The vehicles were loaded up and towed to the city crime lab for further investigation.
Officers also found numerous code violations at the property, which will be looked into by Community Improvement.
"A citizen tip led us out here, possible stolen vehicles on Fontaine," said Deputy Chief Amy Barlow. "Detectives came out here to investigate the tip. They did find some stolen vehicles. We have three persons of interest in custody right now."
Police also found several parts, including car doors, they believe were taken off the stolen vehicles. They were stacked in a warehouse on Lerita Court, which is about a mile away from Fontaine Avenue.
Neighbors declined to go on camera, but said they were surprised the stolen cars were there.
"Community involvement and their assistance cannot be overstated. Without them, the police department, we'd find ourselves at a dead end. Their cooperation with us is just essential to us on all of these cases," said Deputy Chief Barlow.