On Thursday, December 20, 2012, Polk County Sheriff's detectives arrested 59-year-old Aleta Burgett (DOB 4/17/1953) of Winter Haven and her son, 29-year-old Brent Burgett (DOB 2/28/1983) of Winter Haven, along with an associate, 26-year-old Alexander Bove (DOB 7/9/1986) of Winter Haven, and charged them each with: one count Own/Operate Chop Shop; one count Burglary Conveyance; one count Grand Theft Auto; one count Possession of Motor Vehicle with Altered VIN; and one count Conspiracy.
The investigation began earlier this week when PCSO detectives were following up leads on stolen vehicles and dealing in stolen property. The investigation led them to A-One Quality Services, Inc., at 122 Dairy Road in Auburndale (a septic tank service), where they obtained a search warrant and so far have seized:
- Stolen vehicles
- Stolen vehicle parts
- Stolen trailers
- 49 firearms, including some semi-automatic, some that have been altered for silencers, handguns, and long guns
- Ammunition, including body armor piercing ammo
- $13,000 cash
- A small amount of Methamphetamine
Some of the firearms have been confirmed stolen. Brent Burgett is a convicted felon, and further charges are pending his possession of a firearm. Possession of an altered firearm is illegal regardless.
"Our detectives have been working around the clock, and will continue to work around the clock, logging this evidence and determining how much of it has been stolen. What we do know right now is that the suspects responsible for this chop shop are in jail, and the weapons we have seized will not be used against anyone in our community." - Sheriff Grady Judd