(COAL CITY) - Two Coal City residents were arrested after allegedly stealing aluminum cans from the Worthington VFW Post 7117 last month. (GC Daily World)
The VFW uses the proceeds from the sale of its aluminum cans to pay for the various community programs the organization supports.
Daron A. Wallace, 46, and 40-year-old Dana R. Summers, both of 6442 Bethsedia Road in Coal City, were arrested by Greene County Sheriff's Department Deputy Ricardo Marques on Greene Circuit Court warrants charging them with theft, a class D felony.
Wallace was also charged as a habitual traffic offender.
The pair are accused of taking several bags of aluminum cans on Feb. 3. The theft was recorded on video surveillance tape and forwarded to the Worthington Police Department when the complaint was filed.
Three days later, off-duty Worthington Deputy Town Marshal Eric Floyd observed a vehicle matching the description of the theft suspect's truck at Vest's Marathon, on State Road 67 in Worthington. He notified Interim Town Marshal Don Richardson, who interviewed the driver, Wallace.
When asked about the theft and informed that police had a videotape of the incident, Wallace stated, "Yes, we took the cans, but didn't know that we couldn't," according to the probable cause affidavit filed in the case.
The other suspect, Summers, was observed on the video tape actually taking the cans and putting them in the bed of the truck, Richardson stated in the probable cause.
"She also stated to me that they thought they could just take the cans and had no idea that what they were doing was wrong. She advised me that they would try and make amends with the VFW Post," Richardson also wrote.
In the separate Habitual Traffic Offender case, it is alleged that Wallace's driving status, according to Bureau of Motor Vehicle records, is suspended because of the Habitual Traffic Violator designation that was declared Sept. 2, 2005. The 10-year suspension was scheduled to end Sept. 1, 2015.
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