Task Force Conducts Code Enforcement Checks in Search of Stolen Vehicles

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The Long Beach Police Department’s Detective Division, in cooperation with City of Long Beach’s Business Licensing Division, Code Enforcement Division and Fire inspectors conducted a two day compliance check of businesses that are involved in the selling, storing or repairing of motor vehicles in the Long Beach area. Also assisting with this operation were members of the Los Angeles County Task Force for Regional Auto Theft Prevention (TRAP), National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB), California Department of Labor, California of Bureau of Automotive Repair (BAR), California Board of Equalization, California Department of Insurance, and California Employment Development Department (EDD).

On July 28 and August 1, 2014, detectives inspected nine locations and over 400 vehicles and vehicle components. The purpose of the operation was to locate stolen vehicles and vehicle parts; ensure businesses were in compliance with State and local laws and regulations, as well as operating in a safe manner.

During the course of the operation, nine citations were issued for violations that included employee compensation, child labor laws, fire codes, unpermitted construction, operating outside the permitted license, and failure to abide by California State overtime regulations. In addition to the citations, over 18 notices of violations were issued, which require follow-up compliance checks over the next several weeks. In some cases, payroll audits will be conducted by the California State Board of Equalization. In other cases, major Long Beach municipal code violations were discovered, which will require a massive clean up effort for unlicensed businesses operating within residential neighborhoods.

The community should be aware that properly licensed businesses that operate within the City of Long Beach will have the appropriate licenses and permits posted in public view at their location.

Anyone wishing to report unlawful business practices involving automotive-related businesses should contact the LBPD Auto Theft Detail at (562)570-7362. Unlawful practices may include any business dealings with stolen vehicles or parts, unfair labor practices, operating outside the scope of their permits or operating without licenses in an area not zoned for such use. Anyone wishing to remain anonymous may call 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), or text TIPLA plus your tip to 274637 (CRIMES), or visit www.LACrimeStoppers.org.

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