Santa Clara Officer charged for operating “chop shop”

Santa Clara Officer charged for operating “chop shop”

Tyson Green in a Department photo

SANTA CLARA — A Santa Clara police officer was charged this week for operating a chop shop in which multiple car engines and other high end items were found in his possession.  The Santa Clara Police Department is reporting that 14-year veteran Santa Clara Police Officer Tyson Green was found to be the mastermind behind a scheme to profit from stolen car parts.

On Friday March 25, Green was arrested for charges of running a “chop shop” and booked into the Santa Clara County Main Jail without incident.

Evidence gathered at the scene included stolen sports car engines estimated at more than $15,000 each in value.

Santa Clara Police Chief Michael J. Sellers said, “It was sad to learn that one of my officers, Tyson Green, a 14-year veteran was arrested. He was put on paid administrative leave when we learned he was under criminal investigation. This is not a true reflection of the hard-working men and women of this department that serve and protect our community.”

According to Santa Clara Police Chief Michael J. Sellers, Green has been placed on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation.

The arrest comes just days after a guilty verdict for another Santa Clara Police Officer, who was charged with indecent exposure.

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