FBI Says Charges Filed in Massive Auto Theft, Scrapping Ring

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CLEVELAND — The Cleveland Bureau of the FBI announced on Thursday that five men from northeast Ohio have been charged in a 15-count indictment alleging they ran a massive vehicle and cargo-theft operation.

According to Steven M. Dettelbach, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio, the men conspired to traffic stolen vehicles, backhoes, steel, scrap metal and other objects through a chop shop and a scrap-metal yard in Cleveland.

According to Dettelbach, those indicted in federal court are:

  • Nayyir Mahdi, aka “Willie Jones,” 42, of Shaker Heights, who operated Express Metals on East 152nd Street and, before that, at 14915 Woodworth Ave., both in Cleveland. Mahdi was in the business of selling scrapped metal, according to court documents.
  • Davies Pierce, aka “Duffy,” 52, of Cleveland, who owned and operated Duffy’s Towing at 7810 Colfax Road. Pierce salvaged autos for scrap metal, according to court documents.
  • Mark Brown, 46, of Cleveland, owned and operated Kram and Kram at 1396 East 55th Street. Brown scrapped vehicles for vehicle parts, according to court documents.
  • Lindsey Blackmon, 48, of Cleveland, and other co-conspirators obtained a location at 19210 Miles Road, Warrensville Heights, Ohio, to be used as a chop shop, according to court documents.
  • Gilbert Evans, Jr., aka “Grasshopper,” 47, of Cleveland.

Dettelbach says the crimes happened in various cities all over northeast Ohio including Warrensville Heights, Willoughby, Mentor, Euclid, Elyria and others.

Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Bill Mason added that eight individuals have been charged with crimes by his office related to the conspiracy.