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Area men accused of stealing car, selling it for scrap
By the Livingston County News Staff
K. BUTLER and D. DECKER
CALEDONIA – Two area man are facing felony grand larceny charges after allegedly stealing a car in Caledonia and selling it to a scrap yard, reports the Livingston County Sheriff’s Office.
The investigation began April 4 when Deputy Mitchell McGee responded to an address on McCorkindale Road in the Town of Caledonia for the report of a possible stolen vehicle.
The investigation alleges that two men, Dillon F. Decker, 31, of Caledonia, and Kenneth C. Butler, 32, of Pavilion had damaged the vehicle in question and took it to a scrap yard where it was sold without permission, the Sheriff’s Office said.
Deputies spoke with both Decker and Butler during the early stages of the investigation, at which time it is alleged that they each provided a false written statement about their involvement in the case. Deputies also alleged that the two men conspired with one another to damage the vehicle, including the vehicle’s identification number, commonly known as the VIN, prior to bringing the vehicle to the scrap yard, the Sheriff’s Office said.
On May 8 Decker was arrested by McGee and charged with third-degree grand larceny, a class D felony, selling a vehicle with a defaced VIN, fifth-degree conspiracy, and providing a false written statement.
Butler was arrested May 9 by McGee and charged with third-degree grand larceny, selling a vehicle with a defaced VIN, fifth-degree conspiracy, and providing a false written statement.
Butler also has charges pending in Wyoming County in connection with the case as he allegedly provided the false written statement in Wyoming County. The Wyoming County Sheriff’s Office is assisting with the investigation.
Both individuals were turned over to Central Booking deputies at Livingston County Jail for processing following their arrests. Decker and Butler were both released on their own recognizance as the charges did not qualify for bail under the state Justice Reform Act. Decker and Butler were issued appearance tickets for a future court date.