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Career criminal with 315 prior arraignments indicted for burglaries


LOWELL (FOX 25 / – A career criminal who has had 315 criminal arraignments and is suspected in close to 200 high-end break-ins was indicted on Wednesday on charges stemming from a series of burglaries that occurred in Middlesex County between December 2011 and June 2012.

Images: $100k worth of seized items in high-end theft case

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

Cromartie reportedly burglarized two large apartment complexes, breaking into and attempting to break into several apartments in the Framingham and Natick areas.

Upon execution of a search warrant at Cromartie's home and a hotel room in Framingham where he was allegedly staying, police discovered stolen items from reported apartment break-ins in Framingham, Natick, Waltham, Cambridge, and Newton.

Cromartie reportedly stole jewelry, clothing, handbags, a laptop computer, and other personal items.

Cromartie's adult record goes back to 1985, and he has over 100 entries on his Board of Probation record; however, he has never served a lengthy sentence.

Cromartie is facing similar charges in Norfolk County and Suffolk County. He was arrested in June at the Red Roof Inn in Framingham with more than $20,000 in cash and remains held in Norfolk County on burglary charges.

An arraignment date has not yet been scheduled.

Images: $100k worth of seized items in high-end theft case

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