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DPS Detectives Along With Phoenix Police Deal Major Blow To Criminal Syndicate During “Operation Tin Man”

19 arrests made as search warrants are served

Thursday, October 17, 2013 -

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For the past 15 months, the Arizona Department of Public Safety, the Phoenix Police Department, the Arizona Automobile Theft Authority, the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office, the Arizona Attorney General’s Office and the Pinal County Attorney’s Office have been conducting an investigation known as “Operation Tin Man.”

The investigation involves a criminal organization or criminal syndicate being operated out of Hendrix Salvage and Hendrix LLC. The company has salvage yards in Phoenix, Coolidge and Tucson.

The organization was involved in various types of criminal activity, such as trafficking in stolen property. The salvage business provided an avenue for auto theft suspects in the area to sell and/or dispose of vehicles they had stolen. The stolen vehicles were brought to the different company locations by the car thieves and destroyed, so they could be sold as scrap metal. Several of the vehicles were actually falsely reported as stolen as part of an insurance fraud scheme and destroyed. In addition, metal known to be stolen, was being purchased by the enterprise. Several members of the organization were also involved in the sale of illegal drugs.

On October 16, 2013, search warrants were served at several salvage yards in Phoenix, one in Coolidge and one in Tucson. Search warrants were also served on other locations, such as the suspect’s residences. Assisting DPS was the Phoenix Police Department, the Pima County Sheriff’s Office, the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office, the Glendale Police Department, the Goodyear Police Department, the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality and the Arizona Department of Weights and Measures. Numerous other agencies assisted throughout the investigation.

During yesterday’s operation, 19 people were arrested and booked into the Maricopa County Jail, the Pinal County Jail and the Pima County Jail. The charges range from Participating in a Criminal Syndicate, Trafficking in Stolen Property, Warrants and Drug Charges. The investigation is continuing.

Locations of Search Warrants:

900 E. Broadway Road Phoenix
3100 S. 51st Avenue Phoenix
3000 W. Broadway Road Phoenix
100 W. Coolidge, Coolidge
5200 N. Highway Drive Tucson

Primary Suspects:

1) Steve Hendrix, 37, Phoenix
2) Shane Hendrix Jr., 18, Phoenix
3) Cornelius Hendrix, 42, Phoenix
4) Charles Flowers, 51

The Arizona Department of Public Safety is a state-level law enforcement agency whose mission is to protect human life and property by enforcing state laws, deterring criminal activity and providing vital support to the State of Arizona and its citizens.