Mom charged with running chop shop

LAWRENCEVILLE — The mother of a 17-year-old arrested last week for operating a chop shop was booked into Gwinnett County Jail on Tuesday on similar charges.

Police say Maria Sanabria-Rodriguez played a role in the operation at her home on Roses Creek Drive in Lawrenceville, which was linked last week to parts from at least eight different stolen vehicles.

Her son, Arensio Junior Rivera, was booked and charged with operating a chop shop and two other felonies last Monday.

“The investigation, which is still ongoing, established probable cause that (Sanabria-Gonzalez) knew about and benefitted from the chop shop operation,” Gwinnett police spokesman Cpl. Brian Kelly said.

Police officers were originally led to the home while attempting to track down a vehicle stolen nearby, finding at least three engines and other car parts.

Sanabria-Gonzalez was arrested Tuesday on one count of owning or operating a chop shop and two counts of theft by receiving. With her son still incarcerated with no bond, she posted $33,600 bail and was released Wednesday.