2 suspects quickly caught after Westfield home break-in

Off-duty Southwick officer spotted suspicious car

WESTFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – An off-duty police officer from nearby Southwick is credited with helping Westfield police arrest two home break-in suspects.

Westfield Police Capt. Hipolito Nunez told 22News that Julio Santiago, 32, and Carlos Sanchez Martir, 26, both of Springfield, are facing multiple charges in connection with the incident Tuesday morning.

Nunez said that around 9:40 A.M., an off-duty Southwick officer spotted a suspicious vehicle parked outside a home on Pontoosic Road, and called Westfield police about it.  An officer went to the home, where he spotted the suspicious car, and two suspects, seeing the officer, ran away through the backyard.

Police were able to catch one of the suspects, and a police dog was called-in who helped them catch the second.

Nunez said that officers were able to recover items that were stolen from the house.

Santiago and Sanchez Martir are both being charged with breaking and entering in the daytime, malicious destruction of property, and larceny over $250.

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