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May 9, 2014

Plattsburgh man accused of car theft

PLATTSBURGH — A Plattsburgh man is charged with stealing three cars and swiping items from other unlocked vehicles.

Randy Hart Jr., 24, was charged March 28 with three counts of fourth-degree grand larceny, a felony, and fifth-degree criminal possession of stolen property, a misdemeanor.

On April 17, Plattsburgh City Police were notified that a 2005 gray Ford F150 pickup truck had been stolen from 57 Club Road in Plattsburgh, City Police Lt. Scott Beebie said.

It was found later that day near the Turnpike Wesleyan Church on Route 190 in the Town of Plattsburgh, near where Hart’s girlfriend lives, said City Police Det. Bruce Martin, who investigated the case.

Then, on April 23, a white 2008 Nissan Versa was reported stolen from 112 U.S. Oval.

That car was found two days later behind the Village Motel in Keeseville, where Hart’s ex-girlfriend lives, Martin said.

He had left the car in a field, where it had gotten stuck in the mud, the detective said, adding that he choose that location because his aunt lives less than a mile down the road.

Then, one or two days later, a third vehicle was reported stolen, from St. Peter’s Church garage, a gray 2006 Toyota Corolla that belongs to the priest, Martin said.

After receiving a tip that Hart may be the thief, the detective plotted the locations from which the three cars were taken on a map and discovered they were all within about a 300-yard radius of Hart’s last known address, Martin said.

When police questioned him, he confessed to stealing the cars and led them to the Corolla, which he had left in a wooded area off Dion Road in Keeseville, Martin said.

The keys had been left inside all three cars that were stolen, Martin said.

Police have recovered two other stolen cars, Martin said, and, while Hart is a suspect in those cases, no charges have yet been filed.

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