LONGMEADOW, Mass. (WWLP) – Two people have been arrested in connection with a series of housebreaks in Longmeadow since the beginning of the month. Longmeadow Police Capt. John Stankiewicz notified 22News that Israel Pena, 26, of Springfield, and a 17 year-old juvenile suspect were arrested by police in Springfield Thursday morning.
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Lt. Gary Fontaine told 22News that six homes in the Converse Street and Blueberry Hill Road areas were burglarized over several nights between the hours of 2:00 A.M. and 3:00 A.M.
Stankiewicz says that physical evidence collected at one of the homes was tied to the juvenile suspect. Police found Pena by searching through the records of local pawn shops, and allegedly found that he was selling items stolen during the housebreaks.
He said that the juvenile tried to run away from police when they found him Thursday morning, but they were able to make the arrest. Pena, on the other hand, surrendered without incident when police went to his Ledyard Street home.
The juvenile, whose name is not being released because of his age, is charged with breaking and entering with intent to commit a felony, and malicious damage to property. Pena is charged with receiving stolen property.