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Three arrested in connection with Fresno chop shop

From left, Paul Funderburg, Kayla Hillhouse and Michael Johnson
From left, Paul Funderburg, Kayla Hillhouse and Michael Johnson

Three people were arrested in central Fresno on March 7 on suspicion of being involved in a chop shop, Fresno police said.

Paul Funderburg, 28, of Friant and Fresno residents Kayla Hillhouse, 26, and Michael Johnson, 36, were arrested after police received a call about a home at 3017 E. Indianapolis Ave. that may have been a chop shop, Fresno police said.

After several vehicles were stolen from a Kingsburg business, an employees tracked one by GPS to the central Fresno home, and then to a Wal-Mart store near East Ashlan Avenue and North Effie Street, Fresno police said.

While conducting surveillance on the home, detectives saw a green Chevrolet pickup stop at the home and someone removed the ladder rack from another pickup, Fresno police said. The driver, Funderburg, was arrested and charged with misdemeanor possession of stolen property and a parole violation.

After conducting a search of the home, Hillhouse and Johnson were arrested and charged with possession of stolen property and other counts.

All three were booked into the Fresno County Jail.

Razi Syed: 559-441-6679, @razisyed

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