NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WECT) - A case involving a chop shop went to court for the first time in New Hanover County.
The DA's Office says the chop shop statute is fairly new.
Ronald Keene, 26, was found guilty of two counts of chop shop, possession of a stolen motor vehicle and injury to personal property.
The DA's office says he had a stolen vehicle, then swapped out the parts and got rid of the vin numbers so the car couldn't be traced.
They also say it's important to send the message that this will not be tolerated.
"It's a big business and especially in this case with Hondas. The parts are interchangeable and can very easily be switched out and people can remove the vin numbers and it might be racing down the road and you can't tell," said Christa Lawler with the District Attorney's Office.
Keene was sentenced to 24 months of supervised probation and 30 days behind bars.
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