Homicide investigation leads BCSO to chop shop


ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – Detectives working on solving a homicide stumbled upon a completely different crime.

Bernalillo County Sheriff’s deputies were looking for a car used in a killing. But when they tracked it down they found out an Albuquerque business was the front for some illegal activity.

Deputies say they discovered a chop shop and detectives say that the business owner’s son was using another property to take apart cars used in crimes.

BCSO deputies got a tip that led them to McComas Sales near 6th and Menaul just a few days ago. There, they spotted a stolen truck.

According to a criminal complaint, Jack McComas junior frequently stores things there and his father owns the property. Deputies later learned of another property near 5th Street just south of I-40.

They got written consent to search the place, where the found four more cars and a trailer, all stolen.

McComas junior admitted he used the building to dismantle cars often involved in auto thefts. He’d take and sell parts off of them after paying $100 to $200 a piece. He was in court Saturday where he faced a judge.

“I’ll continue the bond, $15,000 cash or surety. I’m also going to order pre trial services, supervision. You will report first thing Monday morning,” said Judge Daniel Ramczyk.

McComas junior faces six charges of receiving stolen property. He was convicted of a similar charge back in 1998.

McComas junior’s father says his son wasn’t allowed on the property where the stolen vehicles were found. He isn’t facing any charges at this time.

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