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Family accused of auto theft to feed chop shop

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HAMILTON COUNTY, TN (WRCB) -

Channel 3 learned Thursday that a traffic stop led to the discovery of an illegal family business.

Michael Robinson, Tabitha Holder, and Justin Holder are all facing a long list of charges.

The family is accused of running a chop shop. Investigators say the trio stole vehicles, only to strip them of parts.

It was on Dolly Pond Road where deputies stopped a Dodge Ram, driven by Tabitha Holder.

The tag on the SUV didn't match its registration and investigators had recently connected passenger Michael Robinson to a string of auto thefts.

Leolla Holder says it's hard to believe what court records allege her granddaughter was involved in.

“Tabitha is an honest person, she was raised in a Christian home,” said Holder.

A search warrant turned up a stolen Dodge and a Nissan Titan that had been stripped and burned.

Counterfeit money, a printer, car radios and car tags were found as well.

Authorities believe Justin Holder, who was living on the property, was also involved in the operation.

Now the three face charges.

All three suspects remain in jail as of Thursday night.

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