White County Sheriff’s Deputy George Spencer and Sheriff Randy Graves responded on Monday morning to 1563 IL Highway 1, Carmi in reference to a report of someone attempting to remove a catalytic converter from a vehicle on the property.
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Upon arrival, they spoke with William and Deborah Voliva, owners of the property, who said the vehicle that was damaged was owned by William’s late father. The Volivas told police that Robert A. Belka, 31, and Vaness D. South, 19, both of Carmi had come to the property that morning and asked about purchasing a boat and camper from William. William stated that when the conversation was finished, Belka went outside and a short time later he heard what he believed to be a saw outside his home. Going outside, he observed Belka partially beneath his late father’s 2009 Hyundai Sonata. Belka told Williams he was attempting to cut off a cross bar to make it easier for Williams to replace the timing belt. Williams said Belka then removed the driver’s side front tire of the vehicle, then he and South got into their vehicle and drove north on Hwy 1. William said he then realized the catalytic converter was partially cut free.
The Volivas said they told Belka and South not to return to the property, but wanted a report made and filed at the Sheriff’s Department.