Man faces prison for auto theft

JOHNSTOWN – A Gloversville man is facing up to three years in prison when he is sentenced next month for allegedly taking vehicles from two local dealerships.

Robert W. Pettit, who was 39 when he was arrested by state police in September, pleaded guilty Feb. 19 to a felony charge of grand larceny in front of Fulton County Court Judge Polly A. Hoye.

Under a plea arrangement, he is expected to receive one to three years in prison and be required to pay restitution when he is sentenced April 17. He initially was charged with two counts of grand larceny.

State police said Pettit gave a salesman at a Fuccillo’s car dealership in Nelliston a check for about $2,500 written on a closed account as he attempted to purchase a vehicle in August. Pettit allegedly told the salesman an insurance company would have been paying the balance of the $36,919 cost.

In a second incident, troopers said he failed to return a Hummer from Brown’s Ford in Perth after telling the salesman he was going to complete paperwork at the Department of Motor Vehicles in Johnstown on Sept. 7. The vehicle was found in Schenectady on Sept. 26. The driver told police Pettit was loaning him the vehicle for $60 a week.