Barrington Police arrested a 50-year-old man with a lengthy criminal history last week and Police Chief John LaCross said there is no doubt in his mind the suspect was up to no good.
Officer Walter Larson stopped James Jay Radler’s vehicle for an inactive license plate light at approximately 3:30 a.m. on Friday, Dec. 7 near the park and ride on County Road.
The vehicle reportedly contained numerous burglary tools including a small mallet, a pair of pliers, binoculars, a ski mask, gloves and a battering ram with a towel glued to its end.
Mr. Radler also reportedly had an active warrant issued out of Washington state in April 2007 for forgery and attempting to elude police.
Police said he presented an Idaho identification card though his listed address is 2 Neptune Road, East Boston, Mass. Mr. Radler was reportedly released from prison in Idaho earlier this year.
Mr. Radler reportedly told police he had been residing with a woman in Warren though he had an expired Vermont driver’s license in addition to a hotel key card from Middletown, where it is believed he had been staying. Police said Mr. Radler was wearing black sweatpants over jeans and a light colored sweater under a Navy blue hooded sweatshirt.
He was also found to have the card of a Barrington business in his possession. Police talked to the owner of that store, who said a man had entered the prior day acting suspiciously.
Police charged Mr. Radler with driving after the denial, suspension or revocation of a driver’s license and making/repairing/possessing burglary tools.
The charges are the latest in a long list against Mr. Radler dating back more than 20 years, including a 1991 Vermont burglary charge, a 1992 Washington forgery charge and a 1996 Wisconsin charge of fleeing an officer.
Mr. Radler was arraigned in Sixth Division District Court and as of Monday, Dec. 10, had not posted bail.
Chief LaCross praised the work of Officer Larson as well as Officer Mark Haddigan. The chief said his officers do a “great job” of patrolling overnight and while some stops may seem minor, these efforts help prevent potential crime.
Chief LaCross also said that based on his 33 years of law enforcement experience, there is no doubt in his mind Mr. Radler was “up to no good.”