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Brookline cops: church thief nabbed using fingerprints on candy bowl

Posted by Brock Parker  August 19, 2013 02:43 PM

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Police arrested a Roxbury man Sunday who allegedly left his fingerprints on a candy bowl while burglarizing a Brookline church last week.

Gerard J. Cribbie, 45, of Roxbury, has been charged with breaking and entering at night with the intent to commit a felony, larceny from a building and larceny of a motor vehicle.

The charges stem from a burglary at the St. Mary's Church rectory on Linden Street in Brookline sometime late Thursday night or early Friday morning. A resident of the rectory reported the burglary after going downstairs around 3 a.m. Friday and finding several items missing. When police responded they found the screen on a laundry room window at the rectory had been cut open, according to police. The thief stole a Dell laptop, iPod, and a flat screen television, and police learned later that morning that the rectory’s pickup truck had been stolen along with a second set of keys to the vehicle.

While investigating, police found fingerprints belonging to Cribbie on a candy bowl inside the rectory and obtained a warrant for his arrest, according to a police report.

Sunday evening, Brookline Police were looking for the stolen truck when they received a report that it had been abandoned in Dedham on Route 109 at the Route 128/I-95 overpass.

Brookline Police along with Dedham, Westwood and State Police responded to the vehicle and began a search for Cribbie using a State Police K9 unit. While the search was underway, Dedham Police received an alarm from a church at the center of town and while responding to the area police spotted Cribbie walking on High Street and placed him under arrest, according to a police report.

Among the items police seized from Cribbie at the time of his arrest were a sterling silver cross necklace around his neck as well as a heart shaped pendant that contains an image of two hands together in a praying manor.

Cribbie pleaded not guilty to the charges in Brookline District Court and is being held for a competency evaluation, said to David Traub, a spokesman for Norfolk District Attorney Michael Morrissey's office Monday. Cribbie is due back in court on Aug. 21.

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