Springfield police apprehended a man who allegedly broke into a home and cars and stole laptop computers, gold jewelry and credit cards.
An alert citizen called 911 after seeing two suspicious men walking across the General Edward's Bridge on Roosevelt Avenue from East Forest Park. One of the men was carrying a woman's handbag, according to Springfield Police Sgt. John Delaney.
A detective spotted one of the suspects on Alden Street and stopped him. He was found with a GPS device, gold necklaces and two garage door openers that he could not explain.
Police spotted the other suspect on Carlisle Street. He dropped a bag full of stolen items from a housebreak and ran from police.
Police searched the area and discovered a rear window was forced open on South Branch Parkway and that the house was ransacked. The officers contacted the owner, who arrived home, and verified that laptop computers, wine, cologne, credit cards, a lamp and jewelry were stolen from his house.
Police also learned that GPS devices and garage door openers were stolen in the neighborhood, Delaney said. Officers looked at the GPS and traced it a house on Roosevelt Avenue. They went to the area and pushed the garage door openers to see if any doors would open. They were successful in both opening the doors and tracing the GPS, Delaney said.
Police charged 18-year-old Xavier E. Colon, of 122 Lowell St., with breaking and entering into a building, two counts of breaking and entering into a motor vehicle, larceny from a building and a felony count of breaking and entering into a vehicle, Delaney said.
"Outstanding police work by all officers involved. Also, high praise to the citizen who initially called in the suspicious person call for the two subjects walking on the General Edwards Bridge. Without this call from the alert citizen the arrest would not have been made," Delaney said, adding that citizens are encouraged to call their local police if they see anything suspicious.
The Detective Bureau is working to identify the second suspect.
"I am confident another arrest will be made," Delaney said.
All of the stolen items were recovered by police and a home owner in the area positively identified Colon. He was arraigned in Springfield District Court Tuesday.
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