SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Springfield Police said they arrested a man early Thursday morning who was attempting to break into cars on Pembroke Circle.
Springfield Police Sgt. John Delaney said when officers arrived, they saw 35-year-old Carlos Vergara sitting inside a 2006 Chevy Colorado rummaging through the glove compartment stealing things.
Police found a tool on Vergara that allowed him to open car doors, along with stolen items from other cars.
Sgt. Delaney said Vergara was first seen by a resident who saw him going from car to car at 3:30 a.m. When the resident called police, he was able to give a full description of Vergara and provided “play-by-play” details about what he was doing before police arrived.
“It pays to be a nosy neighbor,” Sgt. Delaney wrote on Facebook. “This is the best crime prevention tool we have… neighbors looking out for neighbors.”