Glendale police have arrested eight people and seized 15 vehicles that they said are part of a major auto theft ring that operated in the San Gabriel, San Fernando and Antelope valleys.
Eight of the vehicles have been confirmed as stolen. Police say, however, that they have been unable to trace the owners of the other seven and believe that the identification numbers were altered, authorities said.
In addition to the vehicles, one of which was found hanging from the rafters of a Palmdale garage, police seized firearms, narcotics, a crossbow, and hundreds of auto and motorcycle parts, police said.
Two of the suspects, John Buchannan, 32, and Van Ambrose Abbatecola, 33, both of Palmdale, were arraigned in Glendale Municipal Court on charges of burglary and grand theft.