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West Hartford Police Charge Springfield Man in Connection with Nine Burglaries

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A 56-year-old Springfield man was arrested by West Hartford Police on nine outstanding warrants.

Joseph 'Willie' Joiner. Photo courtesy of West Hartford Police.

Joseph ‘Willie’ Joiner. Photo courtesy of West Hartford Police.

By Ronni Newton

A Springfield man with a lengthy criminal record was arrested and charged by West Hartford Police on Jan. 29, 2015, in connection with nine burglaries or attempted burglaries that occurred last summer.

Joseph Willie Joiner, 56, was in the custody of the Hartford Correctional Center when he was served with the warrants, West Hartford Police said. Nine separate warrants were served, with charges that included first-degree burglary, criminal attempt to commit first-degree burglary, third-degree burglary, criminal attempt to commit third-degree burglary, third-degree criminal mischief, and fifth-degree larceny.

In November 2014, Joiner was charged in one of the burglaries, but according to West Hartford Police Lt. Ted Stoneburner, warrants have now been obtained to charge him in nine additional incidents based on “evidence left at the scene.”

The incidents all occurred in the east end of West Hartford, between Fern Street and Farmington Avenue, Stoneburner said.

According to police, Joiner has an “extensive criminal history” dating back to 1975. He has been previously convicted and sentenced for 20 counts of second-degree burglary in West Hartford, 30 counts of second-degree burglary in Hartford, and armed assault in a dwelling in Massachusetts, police said.

According to police, Joiner is being held on a total of $685,000 in bonds.

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