GANSEVOORT – An Ithaca man stole credit cards from vehicles at a home in Gansevoort, then went on a $7,000 spending spree, state police said Thursday.
Robert J. Porter, 38, of Ithaca, was arrested Tuesday and charged with third-degree grand larceny, first-degree identity theft and three counts of fourth-degree grand larceny, felonies.
The investigation began Sept. 16 when troopers responded to a home in Gansefoort for a report that someone had gone through the resident’s vehicles overnight and taken credit cards and $300 in cash, state police said.
The suspect then used the credit cards to make more than $7,000 in unauthorized purchases, state police said. Surveillance video and interviews then led to a description of the suspect, state police said.
Troopers patrolling in Moreau then spotted the suspect at a Stewart’s Shop on Route 9, sitting at a picnic table, state police said.
He was taken into custody and also found to have a glass smoking pipe containing cocaine residue, troopers said.
Porter was also charged with second-degree criminal impersonation and seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, misdemeanors.
He was arraigned and ordered held on $5,000 bail.