By Rick Pfeiffer
A career criminal, who specializes in car break-ins, is back behind bars.
Cops picked up Fabian Carter after a pair of smash-and-grab car larcenies last week.
Carter was plying his craft in the 2900 blocks of Linwood and Cleveland avenues at the time. He was nabbed in the 3200 block of Cleveland Avenue.
A 35-year-old woman told officers her 2007 Honda Civic was broken into in the 2900 block of Linwood Avenue. The victim said the passenger-side window of the car had been shattered.
Police found a brown colored brick on the floor of the car and the victim said $4 in change was taken.
Carter was also tied to a break-in in the 2900 block of Cleveland Avenue, where a GPS system was taken.
Falls cops say Carter is a prolific thief when it comes to car break-ins. He has been repeatedly arrested for the crime and investigators say car break-in reports drop when he is incarcerated and rise when he is back on the streets.
In November 2008, a Gazette news carrier found footprints in the snow leading up to almost every parked car in the 3200 block of Niagara Avenue. When police responded to the area they almost immediately encountered Carter.
Carter bolted in front of a patrol car and was almost run over. Officers then chased him through six different backyards.
As he continued ot try to elude police, Carter grabbed a child’s bike and tried to ride away. As he rode the bike, Carter then crossed paths with officers driving the department's prisoner wagon on their way to the Niagara County Jail.
The officers were able to maneuver the wagon to cut Carter off and ordered him to stop. When Carter made another attempt to flee, an officer used a Taser to stop him.
Carter’s loot, from rummaging through several cars on that occasion, was $40.62 in change, a handheld Yahtzee game, a pack of cigarettes, a tube of chapstick, three lighters and a pocketknife.
At that time, Carter suggested he may have been ready to turn over a new leaf.
“I gotta quit doin’ this (stuff),” Carter said. “I ain’t never got Tasered before.”
Since then, however, his arrest record has grown to double digits.