A 51-year-old Brockton man arrested by local police on a breaking-and-entering charge at Milford Kmart told detectives he committed similar crimes at retail stores in eight Massachusetts towns, according to police.
Milford Police arrested Gerald Baker on Nov. 9, with assistance from the South Shore Street Crimes Task Force, according to a press release issued Wednesday.
In Milford, he is charged with breaking and entering in the nighttime, larceny over $250, and two counts of malicious destruction of property.
According to police, Baker confessed to five "smash-and-grab" thefts from Kmarts in Milford, Brockton, Braintree and Fairhaven, two similar-style thefts from Kohl's in Stoughton and Dartmouth, and from a JC Penney in Sturbridge. He also confessed to a break-in at a William & Kenneth's Jewelry in Randolph, police reported.
Baker was arrested in Brockton after police obtained a search warrant and an arrest warrant. According to police, he confessed to breaking into numerous department stores over a five-week span in October and early November, including the Milford Kmart on Oct. 15.