A man who served time behind bars for setting a dog on fire has pleaded guilty to charges involving three separate car thefts.
Adell Ziegler was sentenced in July 2013 to two years in prison for pouring lighter fluid on a Jack Russell Terrier puppy and setting it on fire. The dog, named Phoenix, was able to recover from burns.
The 23-year-old was out of jail and by September 2014 was involved with stealing cars. That month, Ziegler threw a Canisius College student to the ground, ripped her purse from her arms, and stole her car keys. He fled in the student’s vehicle.
The following month, Buffalo Police saw Ziegler in a stolen car. The driver fled but was later caught. Ziegler admitted he knew the driver had stolen the car.
Finally, in November 2014, a car was stolen from a gas station as the owner was inside paying for fuel. Hours later, Ziegler was spotted in the passenger seat. Police tracked the car to his home, where they found Ziegler hiding underneath a bad with the keys to the stolen car in his picket.
As a felony offender, Ziegler faces up to 29 years in prison when he is sentenced October 27.
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