Stolen Vehicles, Auto Parts Valued at Over $660K Found in Ellis County

Two men facing charges after being accused of engaging in organized criminal activity and theft

Twenty-seven stolen vehicles and dozens of stolen vehicle parts have been found on a property in the Ellis County town of Italy.

The Tri-County Auto Theft Task Force first got a tip about the stolen vehicles from the Italy Police Department.

After obtaining two search warrants, officers made their way onto the property.

They found approximately 27 stolen vehicles and numerous unidentified parts that had been removed from the vehicles.

Based upon National Automobile Dealers Association estimates, the recovered vehicles are valued at $578,175. The recovered parts are valued at $86,802, making the combined total of recoveries estimated to be at $664,997.

Two people were arrested, Adedeji Awoniyi, a 33- year old male, and Theria Mitchell, a 50-year old male. Both are charged with engaging in organized criminal activity and theft greater than $300,000.

Italy, in southern Ellis County, is located about 30 miles south of Dallas.

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