SALEM, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts man dubbed a “one-man crime wave” by police has been sentenced to up to nine years in prison for using a dumbbell in three smash-and-grab burglaries at jewelry stores.
James Jay Radler was sentenced Tuesday for two break-ins at Desjardins Jewelers in Beverly and one at Long’s Jewelers in Peabody. The burglaries occurred in late 2012 and early 2013.
Authorities say the 52-year-old Beverly man used a dumbbell from a set of weights to smash his way into the stores and grab jewelry from display cases.
The Salem News reports he was tracked by the DNA in the blood he left behind at one burglary. He also pawned stolen items using his own name. In one burglary, he got away with $24,000 worth of jewelry.