Toledo man, 38, admits guilt in chop shop case


A Toledo man charged in connection with a large-scale chop shop operation pleaded guilty Friday in U.S. District Court.

Michael Deutsch, 38, became the fifth co-defendant in the case to admit his guilt.

He pleaded guilty to an indictment charging him with conspiracy, three counts of transportation of stolen vehicles, and three counts of transportation of stolen goods.

The group is accused of stealing trucks, trailers, and goods, then either selling them, cutting them up into scrap metal and selling that, or breaking them up for parts.

Magistrate Judge James Knepp accepted his guilty pleas and scheduled sentencing for April 28 before Judge James Carr.