SPD: Office break-in suspect caught trying to steal from cars

Felix Cruz, 29, is accused of breaking into the office of the Springfield Business Improvement District. Image Courtesy: Springfield Police Department

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – A man who allegedly broke into the Springfield Business Improvement District’s office told police that he was living inside a vacant nightclub at Stearns Square.

Springfield Police Sgt. John Delaney told 22News that Felix O. Cruz, 29, of Springfield was arrested after police officers saw him breaking into parked cars in the downtown area around 4:30.

In a theft that was caught on surveillance video, Cruz is accused of breaking into the Business Improvement District’s Main Street office on Wednesday, and stealing a computer monitor. The officers that arrested him had reviewed the video of the break-in prior to the beginning of their shift, and Delaney says the officers observed Cruz was wearing the exact same outfit during the BID break-in as he was during the car break-ins (except he was wearing a different pair of shoes).

Delaney says Cruz told them he was sleeping inside the vacant “Rain” nightclub downtown. Officers traveled there, and found the pair of shoes that were worn during the BID break-in.

He was arrested and charged with breaking and entering during the nighttime and larceny over $250. According to Delaney, additional charges are possible against Cruz, who is considered a “strong suspect” in a June 4 break-in at the Alumni Club on Taylor Street.

Police booking photo of Jerry Mitchell. Image Courtesy: Springfield Police Department
Police booking photo of Jerry Mitchell. Image Courtesy: Springfield Police Department

Less than an hour and a half after Cruz’s arrest, two other patrolling officers noticed that the “Rain” building had been broken into again.  Delaney says the police went inside to find 46 year-old Jerry Mitchell in the building. Mitchell was quickly arrested on charges of breaking and entering and trespassing.

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