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Police seize cars from Johnson County wrecker service

By: Angela Sparkman Email
By: Angela Sparkman Email

Police seized vehicles and other items from a Johnson County home as part of a criminal investigation into the homeowner's wrecker service.
State police and the Johnson County Sheriff's Department are investigating alleged stolen cars at Welch's Wrecker Service in Hager Hill.

Police are not releasing many details, and no one is charged with anything right now.

Johnson County Sheriff Deputies say Marty Welch used a home on Middlefork Road for his wrecker service.
Officers say they started investigating the business and owners two months ago.
"What we were looking for was stolen vehicles. We've received several anonymous tips that the towing service had some stolen vehicles up on the property," said Sheriff Dwayne Price.

Sheriff Price says they obtained enough information for a search warrant.
The court documents say the Welch's gave the county attorney a fraudulent insurance card for one vehicle.
Documents also claim the Welch's daughter was driving a 2005 Chevrolet Corvette that was not registered to them.
Police are also looking into whether other cars on the Welch's property were allegedly stolen or made from stolen parts.

Last Thursday, police executed the search warrant and seized a 2008 Mustang, a 2008 GMC Yukon, several computers, and several other documents from the home.

Marty Welch who did not want to do an on-camera interview, told WYMT's Angela Sparkman on the telephone that he bought car parts on the internet and did not know they were stolen.

State police and the sheriff's department plan to present the case to the grand jury.


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