SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Springfield Police arrested two men they say broke into several parking meters.
Springfield Police Officer Sgt. John Delaney told 22News officers received a call around 6 a.m. Sunday morning about two suspicious suspects wearing hooded sweatshirts who were breaking into parking meters downtown.
Delaney said officers went to Stockbridge Court and Willow Street, where the caller said they saw the two suspects smashing and cutting into parking meters. Officers caught the suspects who were allegedly equipped with tools and backpacks.
The witness positively identified the two suspects. Both suspects were wearing gloves and had hooded sweatshirts and masks, said Delaney.
Officer David Olzack and his police dog partner Dex were able to track into an alleyway and allegedly found other stolen and damaged parking meters. A total of eight parking meters were damaged at a cost of over $10,000, said Delaney.
The parking meters are property of the Springfield Parking Authority.
Leyneil A. Oquendo, 22, of 103 Belle Street in Springfield, and Austin Sottile, 26, homeless in Springfield, were arrested. They were both charged with breaking into a depository, malicious damage, and possession of burglarious instruments. Sottile had a default warrant for breaking and entereing, said Delaney.