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March 28, 2014

Police: Woman stole, sold van

An Oneonta woman was charged with four felonies on Wednesday after she allegedly stole a motor vehicle and sold it in Oneonta in September.

The Otsego County Sheriff’s Office of Criminal Investigation arrested Kristen Lynn Rudnitsky, 24, charging her with fourth-degree grand larceny, second-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument, first-degree offering a false instrument for filing and possession of a forged certificate of title. The investigation was conducted by Otsego County deputies, as well as the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles Division of Field Investigations Office in Utica.

The theft of the 1995 Dodge van was reported by its rightful owner to the Sheriff’s department last fall, Otsego deputies said. The owner, of Oneonta, had been out of the area for a month and, upon returning home, discovered that his vehicle was missing.

Investigation revealed that Rudnitsky, of Oneonta, had forged the original owner’s name on several DMV documents and sold the stolen van to a Binghamton resident, who then unknowingly registered the stolen vehicle at the Binghamton DMV, according to deputies.

Investigators recovered the van in the City of Birmingham last November and arrested Rudnitsky on Wednesday afternoon, deputies said. Rudnitsky is presently serving a nine-month sentence in the Otsego County Correctional Facility for drug possession.

Rudnitsky was arraigned by town of Oneonta Judge Bruce A. Smith and returned to the Otsego County Correctional Facility, deputies said. If convicted, she could face up to seven years in state prison. Rudnitsky is scheduled to reappear in the Oneonta Town Court on April 17. 

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