Springfield residents stop break-in suspect from getting away

The large crowd cheered when Carlo Romeo was arrested

Carlo J. Romeo (Image Courtesy: Springfield Police Department)

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Police arrested an Agawam man, Wednesday afternoon, after he was caught by Springfield residents trying to break into a car.

According to Springfield Sgt. John Delaney, the department received a call around 1:50 p.m. of a man breaking into a car on Belmont Street. When the officers arrived, the alleged break-in suspect, 41-year-old Carlo J. Romeo, was surrounded by a large crowd of local residents.

Residents told police they saw Romeo breaking into the car and stealing tools and other items. Sgt. Delaney said the crowd was yelling at Romeo, and when the officers arrested him, they all cheered.

Romeo was charged with the following:

  • Breaking and Entering Motor Vehicle Daytime for a Felony
  • Larceny Over $250
  • Possession of a Class “E” Substance

Police found Ativan pills on Romeo during the arrest. Sgt. Delaney said Romeo has an extensive arrest record with Springfield Police and he’s been charged 41 times since 2006, including in 2015 when he broke into dozens of cars.

Romeo will be held until arraignment on Thursday in Springfield District Court.

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