PLATTSBURGH — A disgraced former trooper was arrested again Wednesday, the second time in less than a week.

Robert Czora first found himself on the other side of the law in 2007, when his former comrades found out that he had scammed an unsuspecting driver out of $300.

The 41-year-old Morrisonville man resigned from the force amid the official-misconduct allegations and later pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge.

He recently became the focus of yet another investigation, this time for allegedly possessing items that were stolen from a local business.

Czora was arrested last week after police allegedly found him with several items that were taken from Northeast Printing and Distribution Co. in Plattsburgh last fall.

Police believe Czora stole an assortment of art decals that were in storage at the printing company, where he used to work.

He was jailed on a felony stolen-property charge but was released from custody after posting $10,000 cash bail.

While police were investigating the Northeast Printing theft, they searched Czora’s home and allegedly found other pieces of stolen property.

Investigators said Wednesday that Czora had Jeep wheels and Bridgestone tires that are believed to have been on a Jeep that was stolen from Mountain View Motors in Plattsburgh earlier this year.

Police said the Jeep was recovered a few days later but was missing its wheels and tires.

The items, recovered under a porch at Czora’s home, were subsequently identified by the dealership’s owner, police said.

Czora was taken into custody again Wednesday when Plattsburgh-based State Police charged him with fourth-degree criminal possession of stolen property, a felony, in connection with the tires and wheels.

Investigators are now looking into whether Czora has recently been selling stolen property and said additional charges are possible.

Police are asking anyone who purchased items from Czora personally in New York or Vermont or through the Internet to contact State Police investigators at 563-3761.

He is due in court next week to face the latest allegations.

Czora had 14 years on the job when his comrades first learned about the ticket scam.

He had stopped a speeding out-of-state driver on Interstate 87 and drove her to a nearby bank, where she withdrew $300 that he claimed she needed for bail.

But when the woman contacted local authorities about her court date a few weeks later, she learned that she had never actually been ticketed.

Czora was fined $1,000 but has never publicly commented on the scandal.



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