SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Police arrested 2 men from Springfield’s Indian Orchard neighborhood early Friday morning after they were allegedly caught breaking into units at the “Extra Space Storage.”
According to Springfield Police Sgt. John Delaney, officers were patrolling near the storage facility at 351 Parker Street around 3:00 a.m. Friday, when they found 2 suspects in the “act of breaking into the individual storage spaces.”
Sgt. Delaney said one of the suspects was caught walking down a driveway on Allison Lane, “sweating profusely and panting,” and the other suspect was allegedly caught with a backpack filled with tools to break into the units, wire cutters, gloves and hooded sweatshirts.
Police arrested 23-year-old Joshua Hinton of 250 Centre Street and 18-year-old Joseph Velez of 1234 Worcester Street. Sgt. Delaney said they were both charged with Breaking & Entering Nighttime for a Felony and Possession of Burglarious Tools. They were arraigned in District Court on Friday.
Sgt. Delaney added that for the past month there have been an increased number of break-ins at storage facilities; “Extra Space Storage” was one business in particular, which is why police were patrolling the area Friday morning.