A Paisley garage has been raided by cops investigating the sale of stolen car parts.
A team of officers swooped on Direct Engines, in the West End of town, and shut the business while a search took place.
A 38-year-old man was later charged in connection with the raid.
And the Paisley Daily Express can reveal the swoop on Direct Engines was backed up by a larger police operation which also saw cops paying visits to other garages and car wash businesses in Renfrewshire.
A number of illegal workers were found at businesses in Renfrew and Johnstone.
Yesterday, top cops said the raids were part of an ongoing crime crackdown dubbed Operation Myriad, which involves extra officers being drafted into the Paisley area.
Inspector Kenny Morrison, who is based at Paisley Police Office, said: “This is yet another example of how Operation Myriad is helping to tackle crime in local communities - this time by targeting business in Renfrewshire.
“Acting on information supplied to us by communities and in partnership with trading standards officers, the Department for Work and Pensions and Renfrewshire Council, we were able to pull our resources together to successfully stop the sale of stolen car parts.
“During one search, at least one stolen engine was identified, with others currently being processed.
“At other searches in Renfrew and Johnstone, a number of staff were found to be working illegally.
“As well as identifying stolen goods and undeclared members of staff, officers also discovered that car parts were being sold without a proper licence, which is also against the law.
“By staging this focused operation, we are getting the message through to business owners who flaunt the law that we will catch them and they will be arrested.”
Inspector Morrison has also warned members of the public to make sure they don’t get caught up in illegal activity when buying car parts.
He added: “The public should be aware that, if we find out a stolen engine has been sold and we trace that engine back to their car, we will seize it.
“This means that a quick-fix to a car repair could prove to be very costly in the long run for people who buy stolen car parts from unlicensed garage owners.”
Police have also confirmed that a 38-year-old Paisley man is the subject of a report to the Procurator Fiscal in connection with the alleged sale of stolen car parts following a raid which took place on Tuesday morning.