SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – The Springfield Police Department is looking for the public’s help in identifying a man who they say stole a large amount of toothpaste and toothbrushes from CVS and then assaulted the store’s loss prevention officer.
Springfield Police Sgt. John Delaney told 22News the incident happened on February 24 at the CVS on Belmont Avenue. The suspect was seen shoving the toothpaste and toothbrushes into his coat by the loss prevention officer working in the store. Police said when the suspect was confronted by the loss prevention officer in the parking lot, he punched him in the face three times and pulled out a needle and syringe and assaulted him with it.
Sgt. Delaney said the man then ran away toward Sumner Avenue and onto Grenada Terrace in the Forest Park area of Springfield. He is described as 40 years old, 5’6″ tall, with a mustache and goatee.
If you recognize the man or have any information please call Springfield Police at 413-787-6355 or use that number to “Text-a-tip” to police.
Police said the suspect faces felony charges of assault by means of a dangerous weapon.