ELBERT COUNTY — An Athens resident has been arrested in connection with operating a chop shop in Elbert County.

A joint effort that included Investigators in the Fraud Unit at the Georgia Department of Insurance, the Elbert County Sheriff’s Office, the Georgia Department of Corrections, and the National Insurance Crime Bureau resulted in the arrest of Craig Frank Adams on April 10.

Adams is accused of owning and operating a chop shop in Elbert County. Police say officers discovered hundreds of disassembled vehicles, including trucks, buses and heavy equipment, and thousands of diesel auto parts throughout the property. Items seized from the location were valued at several million dollars.

In addition to the site where the chop shop operation was taking place, investigators raided a separate location in Elbert County and found a number of stolen items connected to Adams, as well as 19 guns determined to be in his possession.

Adams faces the following charges:

  • 19 Counts of Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon
  • 1 Count of Felony Probation Violation
  • 1 Count of Theft by Receiving Stolen Property
  • 1 Count of Owning or Operating a Chop Shop

After his property was seized and warrants were taken out for his arrest, Adams turned himself in to Athens-Clarke County authorities.

He was then transported to Elbert County and booked into the Elbert County Detention Center.

As of Monday, April 15th, Adams is still in Elbert County Detention Center.

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