EASTHAMPTON, Mass. (WWLP) – What started as a reported break-in at a school for massage therapy had generated a lot of attention in Easthampton Monday morning.
22News received several calls about police officers in full riot gear outside The Massage School at the Easthampton Rotary at around 8:00 a.m.
Easthampton Police Officer Chad Alexander told 22News that police were called to the school after the building’s owner was alerted to a break-in by the security system. Alexander said that police knew the suspect had some sort of blunt object, possibly a crow bar, and they did not want to take any chances.
“We’re not in the business to take chances,” Officer Alexander said. “So we did have officers with rifles but we also have less lethal munitions that we carry, we have tasers, the most important thing is getting everybody home safe.”
By the time officers got to the school, a suspect was nowhere to be found, however, his image was captured on surveillance video.
A posting made late Monday morning on the department’s official Facebook page said that officers have identified the suspect as Casey Brown of Lee.
Brown is believed to be driving a white, 2014 Toyota Corolla with Massachusetts license plate number 5CSD30. If you see him, you are urged not to approach him, but to call your local police department.
Alexander said that it is standard protocol for police to show up in full gear in these types of situations, even though there was no actual standoff.