BOSTON (MyFoxBoston.com) – A rash of break-ins targeting parked cars has allegedly ended after a Chelsea man was arrested and convicted, District Attorney Daniel Conley said.
Kirk Crowley, 45, was convicted May 20 of breaking and entering into a motor vehicle, larceny over $250, and malicious destruction of property. Shortly after the Chelsea District Court jury returned its verdict, Crowley pleaded guilty to a second set of charges: breaking and entering into a motor vehicle, malicious destruction of property, and carrying a dangerous weapon.
A judge sentenced him to 14 months.
Crowley was convicted of two incidents. He went to trial in December of 2012 for allegedly breaking into a car in the area of the Wyndham Hotel in Chelsea. Responding officers allegedly found Crowley inside the car with two automotive GPS devices, a charger, a cell phone, and a flashlight.
At the time of that incident, Crowley was free on his own recognizance after being arrested for a similar offense a few days earlier where he was apprehended with four cell phones, 10 chargers, and an expandable baton.
Crowley was arraigned following that incident, but was released without monetary bail. After his subsequent arrest for the same offense 11 days later, prosecutors' request for $5,000 bail and revocation of his personal recognizance were granted.
Authorities said reports of car breaks in the Chelsea area have sharply decreased after Crowley's conviction.