Rifle man accused of operating chop shop

A Rifle man allegedly ran a statewide motorcycle theft and chop-shop ring over a three-year period, according to a Colorado grand jury indictment.

Edward Degner, 54, walked out of the Denver County Jail on Thursday afternoon after posting $100,000 bond, two days after he surrendered there on an 18-count felony indictment, including 14 counts of aggravated motor vehicle theft.

The former owner of Ed’s Custom Painting in Rifle, Degner allegedly received between April 2004 and April 2007 several models of motorcycles that had been stolen from owners across Colorado, before the bikes were put through a chop shop, according to the indictment.

The indictment, which was filed in Denver District Court on April 6, alleges Degner got possession of the stolen bikes working with people “unknown to the grand jury.”

Degner allegedly altered, or in some cases removed and replaced, vehicle identification numbers and would change paint designs on the motorcycles to hide their identity.

Degner allegedly forged documents showing the motorcycles he built were “homemade” and would present the bogus information to state officials.

“Some of the motorcycles are then sold or given to other people by Mr. Degner,” reads the indictment.

Degner is scheduled to appear again in Denver District Court on May 11.


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