chop-shop

chop-shop

n. a place where stolen cars are cut or broken up into car parts for resale. The state is cracking down on these chop-shops.
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She must remain undercover as a meter maid to gather evidence against Stannislav Renko, a charismatic Serbian mobster running a brutal multi-million dollar mobile chop-shop operation.
Chop-shop gangs are so called because those involved chop up stolen cars and sell on the parts.
This fun-house aesthetic is augmented by the structure's individual parts, each coated in a different hue--pink, green, gray, black--to simultaneously suggest chop-shop workmanship and Ellsworth Kelly's monochromatic shaped canvases.
Embracing the chop-shop model, the "big-pharma" industry is slated to shed more than 100,000 jobs in advanced economies.
It seems bad boy George has stolen the heart of a Poet (an archetype given real humanity in Henry Stram's sensitive perf) and every customer who comes into his chop-shop is eager to buy it.
Behind its marble facade and lofty rhetoric, Congress is essentially a huge chop-shop operation, but without the grime, dirty overalls, tattoos, razor wire, and pit bulls.
As a result, the chop-shop operators get by with camouflaging their looting with platitudes, pedantry, pandering, and populism.
Business owners ask, "Will our business wind up in a chop-shop, or will our legacy live on?
Other times, you'll serve as a hitman or chop-shop supplier -- there's literally never a dull moment in Stilwater.
Department of Justice (DOJ) assess the effectiveness of the parts marking by 1997, and, if parts marking was found to inhibit chop-shop operations and deter motor vehicle theft, extend parts marking to all remaining vehicle lines by December 1997.
Officers felt that labels provide the greatest deterrent with chop-shop operators because operators usually will not purchase parts with missing labels or without proper paperwork.
PHOTO Detective Kenneth Belt points to Harley-Davidsons found in a chop-shop raid in Pacoima on Saturday.
As offshoots of stolen vehicle investigations, RATT detectives have arrested a number of gun runners, drug dealers, and chop-shop operators.
Indeed, in 1994, RATT detectives even became chop-shop operators.
The team's investigative mission focuses on locating chop-shops - usually housed in garages or repair shops - that specialize in stripping vehicles and selling their parts.