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June 11, 2013

'One-man crime spree' charged

Suspect in Beverly jewelry breaks eyed in similar cases

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A store employee told police that on Dec. 22, a customer who said his name was “Jim” was in the store and spent an “unusual” amount of time looking at items in the display cases, Friedholm told Judge Michael Lauranzano.

Then, last month, police learned of a match between the DNA found in the bloody glass shards sent to the lab and Radler, whose record stretches across the United States and back to 1979, Friedholm told the judge.

The clerk who remembered helping “Jim” was shown a photo array that included Radler’s picture, and she identified him as the inquisitive customer from Dec. 22, the prosecutor said.

Beverly police then checked pawn shops all over New England and discovered some 20 transactions involving items that were taken from Desjardins, Friedholm told the judge.

Beverly police say Radler is linked to some $460,000 worth of stolen jewelry in burglaries all over New England and New York.

“Removing this criminal from our streets has made Beverly and surrounding communities safer,” said Beverly police Chief Mark Ray, who went on to praise what he called “tenacious” work by Prinz.

Friedholm, a prosecutor who is assigned to Superior Court cases, told the judge he is preparing to seek indictments against Radler within the month in connection with the Beverly case, as well as the other burglaries in Essex County.

The prosecutor requested $750,000 bail, citing Radler’s lack of ties to the area, as well as warrants in Wenatchee, Wash., and in Rutland and Bennington, Vt. The Boise State Penitentiary has also issued a parole violation warrant.

Radler’s record includes convictions in Wisconsin, Rhode Island, Alabama, Idaho, Maine and New York for burglary, larceny, fraud, fleeing police and grand theft auto between 1979 and 2005, when he was convicted of grand theft auto in Idaho.

Defense lawyer Edward McNaught called the prosecutor’s requested bail “impossible” for Radler or his family to make and suggested a lower bail of $5,000. McNaught argued that while his client’s record is lengthy, the most recent conviction was in 2005.

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