Natick Cops Help Nab Man Connected to 200 Break-ins, $1M Stolen Property
Arrested in Needham, the Framingham man may have broken into apartments and condos in more than 10 communities, police said.
A Framingham man was arrested Monday as the result of an investigation into hundreds of break-ins throughout nearly a dozen towns.
Craig Cromartie, 44, of Cochituate Road, Framingham, has been charged with three counts of breaking and entering at night with intent to commit a felony for three incidents that occured in Needham on June 8, according to a press release issued June 19.
An investigation continues, however, into the extent of the break-ins to which police say he is connected. Natick Police Lt. Brian Grassey said his department will likely be filing charges related to breaks at a Natick apartment complex. Natick Police helped serve a search warrant, he said.
The arrest was made as part of a month-long investigation conducted by detectives from Needham, Wellesley, Dedham, Norwood and Norfolk through the Norfolk County Police Anti-Crime Task Force, working with detectives from Boston, Brookline, Westwood, Medford and Lexington in investigating a series of apartment and condomimum break-ins.
Detectives suspect the 44-year-old is responsible for upwards of 200 break-ins which netted over a million dollars in stolen merchandise, reported FOX-25 TV news.
Boston Police Superintendent Paul Fitzgerald said during a press conference at police headquarters that Cromartie made off with more than $1 million in stolen goods from his alleged months-long crime spree.
Fitzgerald said Florin Ghita, 62, of Weymouth also had been arrested for allegedly buying some of the stolen merchandise at his space in a jewelry warehouse at 333 Washington St. in Boston. Fitzgerald said the investigation on this theft rings is still ongoing.
Needham Police worked with Natick and Framingham Police departments to make the arrest, according to the Needham press release.
Danielle Horn contributed to this story.