Two men have enterd guilty pleas in Judge Walter S Smith Jr's Federal District Court in connection with the operation of a motorcycle theft and chop shop ring operated in Temple. Others charged in the case are still facing trial Mark David Love entered a plea to a federal charge of Conspiracy to Operate a Chop Shop. Court papers say the charge comes after police executed a search warrant at a Temple residence and located a stolen 1999 Harley Davidson Fat Boy motorcycle that had been broken down into pieces. Investigation and interviews revealed that on July 2, 2010 Love and another man stole the motorcycle and delivered it to a third man who chopped it into individual parts who the placed tose parts on Craig's List with the intent of selling them. They also located numerous pieces of different stolen motorcycles including handlebars from a motorcycle stolen in mid July from Salado.
On a related charge , James Edward Jones entered a plea to a federal charge of falsification and removal of vehicle ID numbers. Court papers indicate that Jones aided and abetted by another removed the VIN of a 2009 Harley Davidson Dana Low Rider Motorcycle that was stolen on October 13, 2010.
Both men are set for sentencing on May 11th in Judge Smith's court.