In the realm of Criminal Defense cases, a chop shop is known as a building where a person or group of persons who take apart or dismember cars or parts of cars that they know or should know have been stolen or obtained by fraud. Section 7702 of the Pennsylvania Crimes Code states the obvious and makes it a crime for a person to either own, operate or work in a chop shop. child endangerment The Commonwealth still has to prove their case beyond a reasonable doubt in order for an accused to be found guilty of this crime. So let's explore what criminal elements they are required to prove. First, the government must prove that they accused knowingly operates or runs or owns a chop shop. Generally speaking it is difficult to run a chop shop by accident, unless of course the owner of the building has no idea what the renter or leaser of his building is operating a chop shop inside.