BEVERLY — Police have arrested a man accused of creating a "one-man crime spree" with a string of "smash and grab" robberies throughout New England, including two in Beverly.
James Ray Radler was arrested Saturday at the Knights Inn on Route 1 in Danvers, according to Beverly police.
Police say Radler used a barbell to smash the front window and gain entry on two occasions at Desjardins Jewelers in Beverly, on Dec. 23, 2012, and Jan. 1, 2013.
Radler is connected to approximately 15 similar "smash and grab" style burglaries on the North Shore and throughout New England and New York over the last nine months that resulted in the theft of about $460,000 in jewelry and merchandise, police said.
He is also wanted in Idaho, Vermont and Washington and has been connected to criminal activity in Minnesota, according to police.
Police from Beverly, Danvers and Peabody teamed up to arrest Radler. DNA evidence collected at the scene of the burglaries with the assistance of the State Police crime lab was used in issuing the arrest warrant, police said.
Beverly police Chief Mark Ray commended Detective Darlene Prinz for her "tenacious" effort on the investigation, as well as the cooperation among area police departments, for leading to the arrest of "this one-man crime spree," according to a press release.
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