LOWELL (FOX 25 / MyFoxBoston.com) – 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.
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.
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