Man arrested for stealing parking meters in Springfield

Police said the suspect would crack them open with a crowbar

Robert Kuhn was arrested in Springfield, Mass. on November 29, 2016. (Image Courtesy: Springfield Police Department)

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Police arrested a Springfield man this week for breaking into parking meters in the city’s downtown area.

Springfield Police Sgt. John Delaney told 22News 31-year-old Robert Kuhn was behind 19 Pearl Street breaking into five stolen meters around 11:45 p.m. Tuesday. He said the dispatch received a 911 call reporting “loud banging” coming from that area that sounded like a “sledge hammer.”

When officers arrived, Sgt. Delaney said they allegedly found Kuhn with a crowbar, a large amount of coins, gloves and a screwdriver in his pockets. The officers then found five parking meters damaged and a large pipe cutter, after searching the area.

Kuhn was charged with the following:

  • Break Into a Depository (5 Counts)
  • Possession of Burglarious Instruments

Delaney said Kuhn has a long history of breaking and entering, and larcenies with the Springfield Police Department; “He caused several thousand dollars in damage to the Parking Authority property.”