SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Three people are under arrest following a home invasion and two convenience store robberies in Springfield overnight.
Springfield Police Sgt. John Delaney told 22News that Miguel Salas, 21, Justin Whalen, 22, and Korissa L. Przybycien, 22, all of Springfield, have been arrested are all being charged with two counts of armed robbery and a single count of home invasion, after what Delaney termed an “overnight crime spree.”
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Shortly before 11:00 P.M. police were called to a mobile home park off Boston Road, where a victim said that a man armed with a handgun forced his way into his house, and stole a bowl full of change and dollar bills. The man gave a description of the suspect to the officers.
A little more than an hour later, police were called to the Gulf gas station at 1100 Page Boulevard for a report of an armed robbery there. Delaney says police were given the description of the suspect, as well as the black Hyundai Elantra that was used as the getaway car.
About 15 minutes after that, police received another report of an armed robbery, this time at the Mobil station on 1828 Boston Road, near the Wilbraham line. As police were driving to the gas station, Delaney says an officer spotted a black Elantra that matched the description from the Page Boulevard robbery. The officer turned around and called for backup, and police pulled the Hyundai over.
According to Delaney, police found large amounts of cash in the glove compartment of the car, as well as cartons of Newport cigarettes that were stolen in the robberies of both gas stations, as well as loose change and the money bowl stolen in the home invasion. Salas was later identified by the victim of the home invasion as being the armed man who broke in. He is also accused of being the person who carried out the two gas station robberies.
Delaney says that the weapon used during the robberies turned out to have been a BB gun.