Augusta man accused of running chop shop

James Edward Hawk has been charged with four counts of theft by receiving from another state for his role in a chop shop at his Augusta home.

 

An Augusta man is accused of running a chop shop after police say they found four stolen vehicles at his home last week.

James Edward Hawk, 38, has been charged with four counts of theft by receiving from another state for his role in the scheme, according to a statement from the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office on Monday.

Police say they received complaints on Jan. 21 of a chop shop at Hawk’s home in the 1800 block of Fairview Road, prompting the sheriff’s office to investigate.

After completing a search warrant, police found four vehicles -- a 1992 Ford F-350 pickup, a 1987 Oldsmobile Cutlass and two motorcycles -- that had been stolen from Aiken County, according to the statement.

The investigation is ongoing.

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