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Dorchester man indicted in connection with months-long burglary spree

Posted by Evan Allen  September 27, 2012 09:45 AM

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A career criminal from Dorchester was indicted yesterday on charges that he burglarized homes throughout Middlesex County, according to Middlesex District Attorney Gerry Leone.

Craig Cromartie, 44, was indicted with five charges of unarmed burglary, four charges of attempted unarmed burglary, breaking and entering a building in the nighttime with intent to commit a felony, possession of burglarious tools, five counts of larceny, five counts of receiving stolen property, two counts of wanton destruction of property, being a habitual offender, being a common and notorious thief and being a common and notorious receiver, according to a release from Leone’s office.

Cromartie was arrested in June after a weeks-long investigation, and Boston Police alleged that he had committed about 200 high-end apartment break-ins all across the state over the preceding months. In June, Police Superintendent Paul Fitzgerald said that Cromartie had more than 300 prior arraignments on his record for theft-related charges.

When police searched his home and a Framingham hotel room he had been staying in, they found stolen items from reported break-ins in Framingham, Natick, Waltham, Cambridge and Newton, according to the release.

Cromartie is facing charges similar to those he was indicted for on Wednesday in Norfolk and Suffolk County, according to the release. He is being held in Norfolk County on burglary charges.

The break-ins occurred between December 2011 and June of 2012, according to the release.

The case is being investigated by Natick Police, Framingham Police, Medford Police, Newton Police, Cambridge Police, Needham Police, Dedham Police, Wellesley Police, Brookline Police, Boston Police and the Norfolk County NORPAC Task Force.

An arraignment date in Middlesex Superior Court has not yet been scheduled, according to a spokeswoman for the Middlesex District Attorney.

Evan Allen can be reached at evan.allen@globe.com

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