Man allegedly broke into store, drove SUV into police car

The suspect is 61 years old.

MICHAEL LEAVY
Photo courtesy: Chicopee Police Dept.

CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – Chicopee Police said they arrested a man after he broke into the Chase Automotive Glass store on Granby Road early Thursday morning.

Chicopee Police Officer Mike Wilk described 61-year-old Michael Leavy as a man “well-known to the police department.”

Leavy was arrested and charged with  felony breaking and entering in the nighttime, with larceny from a building, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon and with attempt to conceal numbers on his license plate.

Officer Wilk said the department received a call from a person who saw the suspect breaking into the Chase Automotive Glass store around 12:50 a.m. The caller told police that a man dressed in dark clothes went inside the business and came out with merchandise.

When officers arrived, they said Leavy was standing near a parked SUV and was wearing a ski mask. Officers said once Leavy noticed they were there, he got into the SUV and attempted to drive away. The officers ordered him to stop the car but instead, Leavy drove towards them and crashed into one of their cruisers. As a result, Officer Wilk said Leavy’s SUV got wedged between the cruiser and a telephone pole. When the suspect couldn’t maneuver his SUV out of the wedge, Wilk said he got out of the car and ran away.

Officers caught up with Leavy and arrested him. They discovered he stole more than $3,000 of merchandise from the store and that he used shaving cream to cover his license plate numbers.

Wilk said the responding officers were not injured although there was extensive damage done to the police cruiser.

Leavy is scheduled to be in court Thursday morning.

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