COEYMANS — A Columbia County man wanted by police in several counties for allegedly stiffing people for automobiles he did not deliver was apprehended, authorities said Thursday.
Richard Dick, 44, of Chatham was wanted in Albany and Greene counties on larceny charges after he allegedly skipped out on his parole officer, police said.
Dick is accused of accepting $15,700 from a car buyer in Greene County on the promise that Dick would sell the buyer previously owned vehicles, state police said. Dick told the potential buyer that he repairs and sells repossessed vehicles from the state of Florida.
After receiving the money, Dick did not produce the vehicles, police said. Dick also gave the false name Richard Gagnon to the prospective buyer.
An arrest warrant was issued by New Baltimore Town Court. Dick is also wanted by the Bethlehem Town Police in Albany County. Police said he is wanted on a felony warrant for grand larceny. Police accused Dick of asking the alleged victim to invest in a scheme to buy and sell cars. The alleged victim handed over a large down payment of several thousand dollars and then Dick took off, police said.
Coeymans Police Department received information from an anonymous source that Dick was traveling north on Route 9W. A Coeymans police officer spotted the vehicle and pulled it over and Dick was taken into custody without incident, according to the Coeymans Police Department.
Dick was then turned over to the Bethlehem Police Department, which had an active arrest warrant out for him.
Bethlehem Police Department Commander Adam Hornick confirmed that Dick was captured Thursday.
“He was turned over to us on a felony warrant and remanded to Albany County Jail without bail after his arraignment,” Hornick said.
Dick was first charged June 9, 2017, in Stockport after he allegedly stole more than $10,000 from customers for mechanic services and merchandise they did not receive, state police said.
An investigation into the first incident began in November 2016 after a man contacted state police to report he paid Dick several thousand dollars for two tractors that he did not receive. State police investigators determined several area residents also were victimized by similar scams dating back to 2013, state police said.
Dick was sentenced April 23 in Columbia County Court to 1 to 3 years in state prison and ordered to pay restitution of $77,172 to his customers.
Dick’s other priors include an arrest on two counts of fourth-degree grand larceny, a class E felony, in April 2004, for which he was sentenced to up to three years in state prison. He was released to parole in November of that same year.