Career criminal easily caught after using stolen credit card

On Tuesday, November 4 a criminal with a career in burglary might want to consider another line of work after police followed a trail leading to his arrest. Around 8:09 a.m., a suspect broke into a Toyota 4Runner parked and locked at Western Christian School. Using an unknown object to break the front passenger window, the burglar stole the victim’s purse containing her wedding ring, and fled the location undetected. Surveillance cameras provided police with a description of the suspect who later used the victim’s Discover card for an online purchase and had it shipped to an Ontario address. Follow-up by Claremont police resulted in the arrest of Gerald Crutcher after officers determined the 53-year-old matched the description of the suspect. Property loss is estimated to be $10,000.

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