Boston break ins: Loot recovered by police
BOSTON, Mass. (WHDH) -- More than $1 million of stolen goods, all taken by just one suspect, has been recovered by police.
Boston, Brookline and Needham Police are among the many police departments that say they’ve connected 44-year-old Craig Cromartie to over 200 break-ins at high-end apartment buildings, particularly in the Metro-west and North Shore areas.
The loot included purses -- some of them worth as much as $10,000 each -- jewelry, coins, electronics, and even a Teddy Bruschi autographed football.
Investigators say Cromartie hit the high-end apartments between midnight and 6:00 a.m., and made sure people weren't home by looking in the mailroom. He targeted apartments that had full mailboxes, assuming that meant people were on vacation. He even removed peepholes sometimes to look in and make sure the apartments were empty.
“He’d spend hours in an apartment and we've known that he can go into an apartment building at a specific hour -- 1:00 a.m. would a typical time -- and not come out of that building until 3:00, or 4:00 in the morning,” said Sergeant Joe O’Brien of the Needham Police Department.
Police also arrested a 62-year-old jewelry store owner Floren Ghita. Police say they raided his shop on Washington Street in Downtown Crossing and found about $250,000 worth of stolen property from Cromartie’s alleged robberies.
Cromartie is being charged with three counts of breaking and entering, and additional charges are pending.