PERRY — When Carl M. Vander was sentenced to state prison in 2017, he, his attorney and the judge who sentenced him all agreed on one thing.
Vander did “a lot of stupid things” that year.
Those “stupid things” added up to a healthy prison term for Vander: two years and six months to five years.
He was released to parole from Fishkill Correctional Facility on June 5.
It didn’t take long for Vander to do another stupid thing.
Vander was arrested Saturday after a village of Perry police investigation into the theft of a car from a dealership in the village.
Vander, 25, of Perry was charged with fourth-degree grand larceny, criminal possession of stolen property and violation of parole. village of Warsaw police and the Wyoming County Sheriff’s Department assisted in the investigation.
Vander was arraigned in Village Court and committed to Wyoming County Jail with bail set at $25,000.
Vander was 22 in 2017 when he went on a two-county crime spree.
It began in January when he burglarized Empire Livestock. He was arrested after police found him walking down the road, wearing an Empire hat he had stolen from the business.
In March, he was arrested for burglarizing a tenant room in Le Roy and assaulting a person.
A plea deal was arranged and Vander was sentenced to six months in jail, but was released a month later after being given credit for time served. He also was sentenced to five years probation.
Just days after his release, he stole five cars and committed numerous larcenies in Perry and Silver Springs.
The judge had enough.
“This is a difficult job to send a 22-year-old boy to prison,” Judge Michael Mohun told Vander. “State prison is almost like a safety net to you.”
Mohun will likely get another chance to see Vander in court as he is facing three felony charges.