Judicial agents said they conducted 14 raids and detained 16 persons in a case related to chop shops in Tibás and Alajuela where stolen cars were dismantled for parts.
The Judicial Investigating Organization said that there were at least 40 cases and that agents recovered 14 vehicles.
Among those who were detained are some who surrendered their vehicle for parts and then filed stolen car reports with the Institute Nacional de Seguros. They face fraud charges, agents said.
Raids took place in San José, Heredia, Alajuela and Guanacaste.
The case includes 23 person, but some are in jail on other allegations and one was shot to death several months ago, agents said. The stolen vehicles were picked up on the street using tools and other methods.