Shreveport Police join Louisiana State Police sifting through evidence at a suspected chop shop on Pro Street near Greenwood Road.
Shreveport PD said Monday's search yielded two more stolen cars, parts from another stolen car, and a stolen firearm.
The property lessee, Alvin Lattier, is now charged with four counts possession of stolen things. Investigators say Lattier has faced similar charges in the past.
Another man, Carlos Edwards, was charged Friday with possession of a firearm. No additional charges were filed against him Monday.
"We have parts in here with obliterated serial numbers," Shreveport Detective Angie Willhite said. "Scratched them out, cut them off. We have a lot of stuff in here that we believe is stolen, we just can't prove it at this point."
Detectives say missing vehicle identification numbers are just one roadblock to their search. They suspect some parts were lifted from abandoned cars or nonworking automobiles left in driveways, but those thefts are rarely reported to police.
"If you've been the victim of having your car stolen, make the report at that time," said Shreveport Police Corporal Marcus Hines. "That way, it give officers a head start on what to look for versus trying to identify pieces of your car from a chop shop such as what we found this weekend."
"We were inundated with people coming to the scene, attempting to report their vehicle as stolen," Willhite confirms. "[Residents] previously suspected these people of stealing their car, but they never made the report. We need them to do that if they haven't already."
Investigators said parts in the two warehouses could belong to as many as a hundred different cars.