Two men and a woman suspected of operating a vehicle chop shop in Mead Valley were behind bars Tuesday.
James Brian Distler, 38, Jonathan Hubert Nolan, 30, and Lena Marie Amparan, 34 — all of Mead Valley — were arrested and booked Monday into the Byrd Detention Center in Murrieta on suspicion of possession of a stolen vehicle.
Nolan was additionally booked for alleged vehicle theft, probation violations and being in possession of unlawful paraphernalia.
Nolan is being held without bail. Distler and Amparan are each being held in lieu of $10,000 bail.
According to Riverside County Sheriff’s Department Sgt. Wally Clear, about 1 p.m. Monday, deputies conducted a probation compliance check at Nolan’s property in the 21000 block of Nandina Avenue, near Brown Street, and “discovered stolen vehicles in various stages of being dismantled.”
Clear said at least five vehicles were identified and recovered from the location.
There was no word on how long the alleged illicit operation had been going on.
Anyone with information on the operation was asked to call the sheriff’s Perris Station at 951-210-1000.