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Crime Trackers: Auto theft victims speaks out

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New developments on a busted auto theft ring that was exposed last night.

Pima County Sheriff’s detectives are combing more than a dozen vehicles that may have been stolen. Some of the victims are speaking out.

“Obviously he didn't learn his lesson so he's kind of back where he started,” said one of the victims of Ryan Park.

Park is currently behind bars at the Pima County Jail where he’s being held without bond. He is a convicted felon who was recently released from prison.

The victim, asked we conceal his identity.  He said he spotted his stolen truck at the swap meet two weeks ago. Park was standing by the driver’s side.  He confronted him about the truck.  Park said he bought it two weeks ago.  The victim said that was impossible because he reported his truck stolen from his midtown home less than 48 hours earlier.

He challenged Park when he took the key and unlocked the door.

“He was fumbling for words. He really didn't know what to say," said the victim. "I told my girlfriend to call the cops. He took off running.”

The victim chased after Park and the scuffle caught the attention Auto Theft Detective Eric Heath.

Heath was working off-duty. He ran the VIN number and noticed it had been altered. 

 “I was very upset because this truck meant a lot to me," the victim said. "My dad gave it to me so it was passed down in the family.”

Over the weekend, the Regional SWAT  team served a search warrant  at Park's house in Sahuarita. They uncovered evidence of a chop shop and confiscated 14 vehicles, including a motor home and three trailers.

One of the trailers had the VIN number sanded off. It belonged to Tina and Vince Bates.

They moved to Oro Valley in June. On Aug. 13, their trailer was stolen during the night.  She said the thieves came and cut the locks and took it.

She said they had borrowed the trailer from her father and brought it down from Idaho.  They claim they’re out about $25,000. In the trailer, they had “bicycles, bicycle trailer that carried the grandchildren, a Hoover floor machine cleaner, their BBQ pit.”  Plus, they also had numerous other items.  She said she feels violated.

Detectives found one of their two ATV’s, however it’s in bad shape.

Detectives said Ryan Park has quite a history.

He's been arrested for theft, trafficking in stolen property, burglary, prohibitive weapons possession, trafficking in firearms and several drug possession charges.

“I think the streets are little safer with that guy locked up,” said one of the victims.

Detectives said the case is far from over.  Park could be facing additional charges.

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