The Lake George man who was arrested last month for allegedly trying to sell a $4,800 painting that had been stolen from an art gallery has been arrested in connection with two more alleged thefts, police said.
Michael J. Vittengl, 61, was charged Friday with fourth-degree grand larceny, a felony, after a multi-week investigation by Saratoga Springs Police into the reported theft of a vehicle and contents inside, police said.
Saratoga Springs Police received a complaint in October from a person who claimed that Vittengl had failed to return their vehicle, authorities said. Saratoga Springs Lt. Robert Jillson said police were able to contact Vittengl, who returned the vehicle, but the owner reported over $1,000 worth of property that had been inside was missing.
“Just over $1,000 in music equipment, keyboard stands, power cords, clothing, and a tennis racket were no longer in the car upon return,” Jillson said.
Efforts to have the items returned were not successful, so Vittengl was arrested and sent to Saratoga County Jail, but he had been released as of Tuesday.
That arrest came days after he was also charged with misdemeanor petit larceny for allegedly going to a day spa in Queensbury, receiving hundreds of dollars in services and leaving without paying, police said.
His initial arrest in Warren County for felony criminal possession of stolen property occurred in mid-November, when he was accused of trying to sell a painting that had been stolen from an art gallery at an unspecified business in Queensbury.
Warren County sheriff’s officers at that time believed he was also involved in a fundraising scam, selling tickets to a”Great Gatsby” themed event that police believe did not exist. But sheriff’s Lt. Steve Stockdale said no one came forward to claim they purchased tickets, so no charges have been filed.