Fresno police say they've smashed a ring that's been stealing a lot of vehicles in the northeast Fresno area lately.
After seeing an increase in stolen cars over the last week, investigators say, they followed a man driving a stolen car to a home on Michigan Avenue near First Street in central Fresno Friday and found a chop shop.
Inside, they say they found all the tools of the trade including engine hoists, power saws and a couple of chopped up cars.
Police say, the owner of the house ran away when they showed up but they know who he is and plan to arrest him soon.
Investigators say, they did arrest the driver of the stolen car and five others car thieves this week.
Detectives also say, chop shops in homes are the new trend these days.
Car thieves are setting up shop in regular homes instead of the bigger commercial warehouses as they did before.
They also say, if you see something suspicious in your neighborhood, such as hammering and sawing in a garage at all hours, please call Fresno Police at 559-621-CCAT or 621-2228, and they will come check it out.