Waterford man caught stealing from cars, arrested for 22nd time

Donald Gilbert, 38

WATERFORD, N.Y. (NEWS10) – Police say a man has been arrested for Petit Larceny.

Waterford Police say around 4 a.m. on Sunday, an officer on patrol in the area of Mallards Landing North and Towpath Lane observed fresh footprints in newly fallen snow.

Since the officer was aware of several recent larcenies from vehicles, the officer followed the footprints which went from driveway to driveway, up to several vehicles. Eventually a subject was found hiding behind a bush on Fairfax Row.

Police say 38-year-old Donald Gilbert of Waterford is being charged with Petit Larceny after he was found to have items in his possession which were found to be stolen from several vehicles in the area.

Officials say since 1986, Gilbert has been arrested a total of 22 times, consisting of 13 felonies and 9 misdemeanors. He has been convicted of 6 felonies, one being violent, and 20 misdemeanor convictions.

Police say more charges are pending and will be forwarded to court. The investigation is ongoing. He is scheduled to appear in Waterford Justice Court on a later date.

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