By HEATHER NELLIS
Recorder News Staff
FONDA -- A pair of Amsterdam men who admitted to police they went on a "car shopping" larceny spree across Montgomery County earlier this year will each spend up to seven years in prison.
Ronald W. Weyant, 19, of 50 Green St., and Robert Green, 18, of 296 E. Main St., both recently pleaded guilty to third-degree grand larceny, according to officials in the office of District Attorney James E. "Jed" Conboy.
Weyant pleaded guilty Monday, while Green took his plea in mid-June. Officials said Weyant will be sentenced Sept. 16 to serve between two and a third years to seven years in state prison, while Green will receive the same sentence Aug. 6.
They were arrested April 5 by Montgomery County Sheriff's Office Inv. Theresa Pingitore after Green admitted to her that the pair stole multiple vehicles in February.
Green's admission was the result of a joint investigation involving the sheriff's office, Amsterdam Police Department and state police.
Pingitore said the sheriff's office received a larceny complaint of a 2012 Chevy Silverado stolen from a victim's driveway overnight Feb. 10-11 in the town of Mohawk.
At the same time, Pingitore said, State Police received a complaint of two snowmobiles stolen in the town of Mohawk.
And in the city of Amsterdam, police were notified of the theft of a black Subaru Legacy.
"They called it 'car shopping,'" Pingitore said. "They checked cars for keys, and would take the car for a joy ride. We recovered the Silverado in the city of Johnstown with no damage, with the keys left with it, luckily."
Green and Weyant are said to have damaged one of the four vehicles, however, and will be ordered to pay restitution upon sentencing, according to officials in Conboy's office.
Pingitore credited the confession and a victim's testimony in closing the case.
"The guy who owns the sleds said he spoke with the suspects that night," she said. "He told them his sleds were stolen and asked if they had seen anything, and they redirected him. That obviously wasn't the case. The witness was able to assist with the identification of the suspects by picking them out of a photo array."
The plea bargains will reportedly settle all four multi-jurisdictional grand larceny charges against Green and Weyant.
In other court action this week:
* Ryan M. Carroll, 21, of Tribes Hill, pleaded guilty Monday to fifth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, and Driving While Ability Impaired by drugs.
The incident took place Sept. 24, 2012, at Route 5 in the town of Mohawk. Carroll was in possession of 246 Xanax pills.
Carroll will be sentenced Sept. 6. to five years of probation requiring participation in the county's Adult Drug Court Treatment Program, and ordered to pay a $500 fine.
* Pablo J. Rodriguez, 24, of 68 Mechanic St., Amsterdam, pleaded guilty Monday to third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance in connection with a July 15, 2012, incident in the city involving cocaine. He'll be sentenced Jan. 6, 2014, to five years of probation requiring participation in the county's Adult Drug Court Treatment Program, and ordered to pay restitution.