GRANITE CITY, IL (KPLR)-- Some very expensive fine china, luxury cars along with a trailer from a semi were seized from a raid at a scrap yard in Granite City last Thursday.
Officers with the Metro East Auto Theft Task Force carried out the raid at Scrap Solutions on Dial Drive. Illinois state police say they recovered a stolen 1997 Cadillac, a 2000 Lexus and a 2000 Strick semi-trailer. They also seized a load of fine china valued at approximately $300,000.
Authorities said the unlicensed scrap yard stripped the cars of catalytic convertors, radiators, tires and wheels.
No word yet on the identification of the owners of the stolen property. Scrap Solutions is owned by Paul Thornton, the brother of Kirkwood City Hall shooter Charles 'Cookie' Thornton. The raid happened on the five-year anniversary of the massacre.
Paul Thornton said it was no coincidence that the raid occurred on that date. But the head of the Regional Auto-Theft Task Force said the date was a coincidence, insisting he was not aware of Paul Thornton`s late brother.
Investigators called the scrap yard an illegal operation. No arrests have been made yet and the investigation is ongoing.