BARNSTABLE (CBS) – A “notorious” career criminal from Mashpee, as he was described by Barnstable police, was just arraigned for the 250th time on Thursday.

Police say Derrick Degrace, 45, whose criminal record dates back to 1985, was arrested most recently on Wednesday, following a two-week-long crime spree that included breaking into a car, stealing a checkbook, forging checks, robbing a bank customer, and stealing a 78-year-old woman’s purse.

Degrace allegedly swiped the checkbook out of a car parked in a Hyannis parking lot. Investigators say he attempted to cash six forged checks over the next several days at area banks.

As Degrace tried to cash one of those checks at a Bank of America branch in Hyannis, police say bank employees were investigating the check and Degrace became suspicious.

Officers say he took off out of the bank, and on his way out, managed to grab a wad of about $1300 in cash from a customer who was counting the money to be deposited.

Several days later, police say Degrace walked into an area supermarket and grabbed an elderly woman’s purse while she was shopping.

Police were able to track down Degrace in Falmouth.

He’s charged with Breaking and Entering into a Motor Vehicle, 6 counts of forgery, six counts of uttering a forged instrument (for attempting to cash those forged checks, and several larceny counts.


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