Police: Man stole his second car this summer

HOOSICK FALLS, N.Y. — A village man is being held without bail after being accused of stealing a car for the second time this summer.

Edward C. Cook, 33, was arrested this week by village officers and New York state troopers, according to Chief Robert Ashe.

Village police responded after a vehicle was reported stolen on High Street on Monday. The car was later reported to have been involved in a larceny at a Sunoco gas station on Route 7 in Pittstown. Police identified Cook as the driver; he was located and arrested at his First Street residence on Monday.

Cook was one of two men charged last month in connection with a car stolen July 14 that later turned up in Bennington. Police said at the time that three suspects fled the scene when Bennington officers there found them with the car. Cook was arrested July 20. Michael Lohnes, 34, was arrested Aug. 1.

Cook also has a criminal history in Vermont: He was charged in March 2016 after police said he and another man stole a car in Hoosick Falls, drove it to Bennington, robbed a gas station, and then struck a tree. Cook pleaded guilty in Vermont Superior Court Bennington Criminal Division on Nov. 7, 2016 to a felony burglary charge and received a one-to-three year suspended sentence with two years probation.

Village police this week charged Cook with grand larceny, possessing stolen property and obstructing governmental administration. State police charged Cook with fourth-degree criminal possession of stolen property, a felony, and misdemeanor petit larceny.

Cook was arraigned in village court and remanded to the Rensselaer County Correctional Facility with no bail.

Reach staff writer Edward Damon at 802-447-7567, ext. 111 or @edamon_banner.


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