Career car thief hit with another charge


Investigators have lodged another stolen car charge against a city man who has spent six terms in state prison and who became a local “poster boy” for bail reform.

Edward G. Ruckdeschel, 58, of Liberty Street was charged Monday with fourth-degree grand larceny and third-degree criminal trespass.

Genesee County sheriff’s investigators said Ruckdeschel stole a car from ARC Recycling Center on West Main Street Road about 1 a.m. Dec. 10.

Later that same month, Ruckdeschel was arrested and charged with stealing a car on Dec. 7 from a Liberty Street residence, one of a rash of stolen cars in the area. He was on parole at the time of the theft.

On Jan. 7, he was arrested again after leading police on a high-speed chase in a car he stole from a house in Orleans County. The chase ended in Wheatland and he was taken into custody.

Despite numerous charges in three counties he was released because of bail reform.

Within the next two weeks, at least three other cars were stolen, with Ruckdeschel being the main suspect, although he has yet to face charges for those thefts.

He has served more than 18 years in prison since his first term in 1986 for two criminal possession of stolen property convictions in Monroe County, where he possessed millions of dollars worth of stolen items.

His other terms were for stealing cars, other grand larcenies and a series of burglaries at marinas in Orleans County. He at least once led police on a high-speed chase in Monroe County after he was caught stealing cable from a construction site and fled in a stolen car.

His last sentence was for stealing a car in Monroe County in 2017 and his parole had just expired when he was arrested in December.

On Monday’s charge, he was issued appearance tickets for September in Town Court.

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