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GRANITE CITY, Ill. (AP) – Illinois State Police believe investigators have broken up an auto-theft operation by raiding a southwestern Illinois storage lot where they say they found suspected stolen vehicles and $300,000 worth of fine china.

No charges have been filed in connection with last week’s search of a Granite City business where investigators say they found three stolen vehicles and a tractor-trailer.

Illinois State Police said Monday that officers stopped a tractor-trailer leaving the business and found two stolen vehicles inside the trailer. A subsequent search of the lot uncovered a possibly stolen 1997 Cadillac, a 2000 Lexus and a tractor-trailer in addition to the dishware.

The investigation involves officials from Illinois State Police and regional law-enforcement agencies.

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