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Investigation underway at Colorado Springs auto shop after engines go missing and business closes

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KKTV) — An investigation into a Colorado Springs auto shop is ongoing as more than a dozen people claim the company took their money and didn’t do the job it promised.

11 News spoke to a group of customers who said they filed a police report related to SL Performance Boxer engines. The business is on the east side of Colorado Springs near Seedling Court between Galley Road and East Platte Avenue. Colorado Springs police confirmed they had opened an investigation but could not offer details when 11 News asked follow-up questions on Monday. People 11 News spoke to said the owner ran a great business, but recently stopped returning calls.

When someone went to the store recently, he found dozens of cars parked on the side of the road in front of the business that had been marked by police and were about to be towed away. Many people went to move their cars only to find the engines had been removed. When 11 News visited the store on Monday during their regular business hours, no one came to the door. The owners of the affected cars say they worked with Shane Leonard, and the secretary of state’s website lists him as a registry officer. Police could not confirm that Leonard is under investigation.

Everyone who contacted 11 News had a similar story.

“I have nothing, no engine, no parts, nothing,” explained Scott Nelson.

Nelson isn’t the only one looking for answers.

“I paid Shane a couple hundred dollars less than $28,000,” Austin Burton added.

Many people have reported their concerns to the police, but now they are playing the waiting game.

“I’m down to about $16,000,” Justin Zalewski said.

It is not known how many vehicles were apparently stripped of parts or Leonard’s whereabouts. Anyone connected to this incident who would like to share their story can email [email protected] 11 News will continue to follow this developing story and provide updates as they become available.

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