Westfield Police arrest two on breaking & entering charges

Police said they allegedly found a license plate in one of the suspects' backpack

Christopher F. McCracken and Andrew R. McGuire (Image Courtesy: Westfield Police Department)

WESTFIELD, Mass. (The Westfield News) – Two local men were arrested early Friday morning, after police responded to calls of two people breaking into vehicles.

Andrew R. McGuire (Image Courtesy: Westfield Police Department)
Andrew R. McGuire (Image Courtesy: Westfield Police Department)

Andrew R. McGuire, 20, of Greenfield, and Christopher F. McCracken, 28, of Westfield, were arrested around 2 a.m. after police received word from an astute resident witnessing two men possibly breaking into vehicles on St. Paul Street.

“A woman called because she believed she heard someone breaking into a vehicle,” Michael McCabe, Captain of the Westfield Police, said.

“She gave a great description and police converged to find people in the area with property that was not theirs,” he said.

According to police, the woman heard door handles being lifted and could hear metal hitting together as one of the suspects walked. It was reported that one of the male suspects was also seen inside a Ford Explorer on St. Paul Street. After meeting in the street, the two suspects reportedly walked toward Chapman Park.

An officer responded to the area and found the two suspects, ordered them onto the ground and asked for additional police.

Christopher F. McCracken (Image Courtesy: Westfield Police Department)
Christopher F. McCracken (Image Courtesy: Westfield Police Department)

After additional police arrived, officers brought the witness of the possible break-ins to the suspects and police reported that the witness was able to positively identify both McCracken and McGuire.

Police said that they found multiple pieces of property, including a license plate in a backpack that one of the suspects had, and the license plate reportedly belonged to a nearby resident. Police also reported that the suspects were found with multiple credit cards that had names of others on them.

Police arrested and charged McGuire and McCracken each with two counts breaking and entering for a misdemeanor, taking or carrying away a registration plate, larceny under $250 and larceny over $250. However, the two men were arraigned on different charges once they arrived in court later Friday.

McGuire and McCracken were both arraigned on two counts of breaking and entering for a misdemeanor, as well as two counts of larceny under $250, while McGuire was charged with taking a numbered license plate and McCracken was charged with unauthorized possession of a license plate.

McGuire was released on personal recognizance, while McCracken was released on $200 bail. Both are due back in court Sept. 1.

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