WILBURTON — A Wilburton man and his girlfriend are in custody after police kicked down the door to his home following an overnight vehicle theft. The woman had her 9-month-old son in the vehicle during the incident and at the home, but the child was unharmed.
The incident that began at 2:30 a.m. ended about 11:15 a.m. when police apprehended David A. Pavloski II, 10 Front St., Wilburton, 22, and Courtney Klemick, 21, of 222 Second St., Wilburton, according to Klemick’s father, Kerry Klemick. They were taken to the Mount Carmel Township police station.
Kerry Klemick was allowed by police to enter Pavloski’s home to take possession of his grandson. He said the boy will likely be in the custody of his father, who is from the Shenandoah area, tonight, although he was expecting a visit from Columbia County Children & Youth Services. Pavloski is not the boy’s father.
Kerry Klemick said he received a phone call about 2:30 a.m. from a friend of Courtney’s from the Shamokin area who told him Courtney and Pavloski were drunk and it looked as if she had been beaten up, with bruises on her face and a black eye. They had taken the friend’s maroon Buick Rendezvous, and had the boy with them, the friend told Kerry Klemick. The friend called police, who told her they wouldn’t pursue aggressively because of the child.
When Kerry Klemick got home from work at 4 a.m., he said he camped out at his window and watched Pavloski’s house. Around 9 a.m., he said he saw Pavloski come out and enter the Rendezvous. He immediately called police, but by the time they got there, he had “raced off,” with Courtney Klemick and the child apparently on board.
Another friend of Courtney’s told Kerry Klemick the vehicle had been ditched on a rocky mountain path behind Wilburton and that they were back inside the house. Police found the vehicle at 10:51 a.m. and, shortly after, they converged on the house and kicked in the door after no one would answer, Kerry Klemick said.
A state police helicopter was used in the search.
Pavloski was charged in 2010 with the theft of a golf cart from Knoebels Amusement Resort recycling center, where he had worked.
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