Habitual car thief busted again


TOWN OF POUGHKEEPSIE – A habitual car thief known for stealing cars in the City and Town of Poughkeepsie was arrested again on Wednesday night after abandoning a stolen vehicle near Marist College.  Franz Bakter, a 33-year-old LaGrange resident, was arrested after a brief search by town and city cops.


Town police were notified Wednesday night after 10 p.m. about a car that was stuck on a curb near Campus Deli and the occupants were walking away from the Honda SUV.  Both town and city police responded to the area.


The caller who made the original report followed the fleeing driver and was giving 911 dispatchers updated locations while in his vehicle.  After a brief search of the Washington Street area, a City of Poughkeepsie Police K9 was deployed on Taylor Avenue to track the subject.


Shortly after the search began, the K9 and his handler located and detained Bakter behind a house at 29 Taylor Avenue at approximately 10:44 p.m.  He was taken into custody after it was determined that he had been operating a car that was stolen earlier on Wednesday.  Bakter has stolen several cars in the past few days and is suspected of stealing a few more.  His recent crime spree can be read about HERE.


In addition to stealing the car on Wednesday, he allegedly admitted to police that he had used the vehicle to damage a bus stop shelter on Washington Street near the Dutchess County Stabilization Center prior to abandoning it at Campus Deli.


The full list of charges for Wednesday’s crimes were not immediately available.

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