Police: Woman knocked on door, allowing boyfriend to break into house

Leah Brownstein arrested, police still looking for second suspect

Leah Brownstein (pictured) is charged with unarmed burglary in connection with an incident on Paulk Terrace in Springfield.

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Springfield police have arrested a woman who allegedly distracted a homeowner while her armed boyfriend forced his way into the house.

According to Springfield Police Sgt. John Delaney, 38 year-old Leah Brownstein of Springfield is being charged with unarmed burglary following the incident in the city’s Sixteen Acres neighborhood Friday morning.

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Delaney says that the department received a 911 call from a resident of Paulk Terrace at around 6:00 A.M. about a man with a gun who had come into the house demanding money. The victim told police that Brownstein (who the victim had known in the past) had knocked on the door, and when the victim answered, Brownstein’s boyfriend emerged from the bushes and pushed his way into the house.

Police saw Brownstein on the street and arrested her, but her boyfriend had gotten away when the victim called police.

In addition to the unarmed burglary charge, Brownstein had a warrant for her arrest out of Palmer District Court.

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