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December 24, 2013

Police: Thief lost count of break-ins

At least 17 thefts netted nearly $200,000

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A manager told Leary he believed the thefts were being conducted by a former employee and mentioned that Bateman had walked off the job for unknown reasons on Oct. 29 after seven years. Police went to Bateman’s Haverhill apartment shortly thereafter, where he admitted to police he stole the six units, according to police. Police then issued a summons for Bateman to answer to the charges.

On Dec. 13, police received another call from a Designwerks manager who said a recent inventory check showed the company was missing 137 aluminum casings. Leary called Bateman, who admitted he took all the casings. Bateman turned himself over to police Saturday and was charged for the thefts along with a previous warrant out of Haverhill District Court for motor vehicle offenses, according to court records.

Asked why Bateman would steal the hefty casings and then sell them, Leary said he simply wanted the money.

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