Livingston County Sheriff's Office Photograph Eric B. Warbelton

LIVONIA – A car reported stolen in Nebraska was recovered in Livonia and the driver is facing charges, reports the Livingston County Sheriff’s Office.

The investigation began about 9:30 p.m. July 13 when Sheriff’s Deputies responded to the United Methodist Church on Summers Street in the village for the report of a suspicious individual in the parking lot who was acting strange.

The subject was located and identified as Eric B. Warbelton, 35, of Lincoln, Neb. Following the investigation it was discovered that Warbelton had allegedly stolen the vehicle from Lincoln, Neb., and was still in possession of it, the Sheriff’s Office said.

Warbelton was arrested by Deputy Laszlo Babocsi and charged with third-degree criminal possession of stolen property, a class D felony.

A person is guilty of criminal possession of stolen property in the third degree when he knowingly possesses stolen property, with intent to benefit himself or a person other than an owner or to impede the recovery by an owner, and when the value of the property exceeds $3,000, according to state penal law.

Warbelton was turned over to Central Booking deputies at Livingston County Jail for processing and pre-arraignment detention. The District Attorney’s Office was contacted in regards to bail due to the felony-level charges, and recommended that Warbelton be released on his own recognizance as the charge did not qualify for bail under the state Justice Reform Act.

Warbelton was later arraigned at Livingston County Centralized Arraignment Part at Livingston County Jail before Town of Mount Morris Justice David Provo, who released Warbelton on his own recognizance with a future court date.

The Livingston County Public Defender’s Office represented Warbelton at the arraignment. The Livingston County District Attorney’s Office was notified but did not appear at the arraignment.

Assisting with the investigation for the Sheriff’s Office was Deputy Jason Page.

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