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Family arraigned for stolen vehicles and parts

A mom, dad and son are facing charges that highlight the increasing problem of trafficking in stolen vehicles.

Many know that the most popular stolen cars are not the newest or flashiest. Experts say they're the ones with parts that stay in high demand but don't change much from year to year. In this case, the cars used certainly fit the profile.

At a Johnson County Circuit Court arraignment on Friday, Marty Welch, his wife Madeline Welch and, earlier in the morning, their 21-year-old son Ian Welch, all pleaded not guilty. Police say the Welch family altered the vehicle identification numbers (VINs) that are not just found on the dashboard.

Marty Welch previously said he bought car parts on the Internet and didn't know they might be stolen. The Welch family had no comment Friday, and their attorney told us they had no stolen goods.

In a January raid on the Welch home, besides some suspected stolen cars, police also seized documents and computers. The charges include receiving stolen property, trafficking in stolen vehicles and parts, and forgery. All three are free on bond. There's no word from police on who's suspected of being behind the stealing -- the Welch family or others.

Filed under: Johnson Co. | Police investigate | Court cases | Robbery


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