Two from Dutchess, Ulster charged in Poughkeepsie car thefts

The Poughkeepsie Police Department is shown in this The Poughkeepsie Police Department is shown in this file photo. (Feb. 28, 2012) Photo Credit: Lee Ferris

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A recent rash of thefts from vehicles in the Town of Poughkeepsie ended in the arrests of two men, police said Tuesday.

Benjamin M. Prinzivalli, 23, of 15 Gifford Ave. in the city of Poughkeepsie, was charged with felony grand larceny and misdemeanor counts of petty larceny and drug possession, town of Poughkeepsie police said in a statement. Joshua K. Miles, 22, of 8 Orchard Lane in Lloyd, faces a felony count and misdemeanor count of possession of stolen property.

The two men were responsible for a series of thefts, primarily committed overnight, in locations all over the town, police said. They would walk through neighborhoods checking vehicles parked on streets or in driveways to see if they were unlocked, then steal whatever valuables were in the unlocked vehicles.

Most of the valuables taken were cash, portable GPS units and digital music players like iPods and MP3 players, police said.

Miles and Prinzivalli were arrested Wednesday, police said. Miles was released on an appearance ticket to appear in Poughkeepsie Town Court on Dec. 3. Prinzivalli was arraigned before town Justice Paul Sullivan and sent to the Dutchess County Jail in lieu of $10,000 cash bail or $20,000 bond. He was to appear in town court Tuesday, court officials said. They had no listing for attorneys for either defendant, and efforts to reach Miles were unsuccessful Tuesday.

Police reminded citizens to keep their vehicles locked and not to keep valuables in the vehicle while it is unattended.

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