CLERMONT — A State Police bloodhound is being credited with locating a suspected car thief from Ulster County, according to New York State Police Troop-K public information officer Aaron Hicks.
Michael Harrington, 24, of Lake Katrine, was charged with three counts of fourth-degree grand larceny, class E felony, Hicks said.
Troopers were sent to an area of County Route 6 in Clermont on June 28 at about 4:20 a.m. for a report of a suspicious male at the caller’s residence, Hicks said.
While looking for the man, Columbia County 911 advised police of an accident in the area, where a vehicle was reported to have rolled over, Hicks said.
Police found the crashed vehicle, a 2005 Honda Civic, and discovered there was no driver with the car, Hicks said.
Troopers continued their search and found a second vehicle, a 2005 Dodge Ram, that crashed down an earth embankment, striking a tree, Hicks said.
Trooper Justin Bell and his bloodhound partner Tilly were requested to the scene and began a track from the site of the second stolen vehicle crash, Hicks said.
Tilly led the trooper from County Route 6 to Cedar Hill Road where a third vehicle, a 2017 Chevrolet Silverado, was also found, stolen and crashed, a short distance from where the vehicle was being stored, Hicks said.
Tilly continued her track to a recreational camper nearby where Harrington was found and taken into custody without incident, Hicks said.
Harrington was taken to Columbia Memorial Health by Northern Dutchess Paramedics for evaluation, and is scheduled to appear before Clermont Town Court on July 16 at 5 p.m.