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Man arrested after vans torched during State Street break-in spree

By WGGB Staff

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) — Police have arrested a man on several charges related to a burglary spree early Friday morning after he allegedly tried to set fire to two vans at a State Street business.

Devon Davis, 22, of 3 Marlborough St., is expected to be arraigned in Springfield District Court on charges of breaking and entering into a building, breaking and entering into a motor vehicle, two counts of burning a motor vehicle, larceny from a building and threatening to commit murder, according to police.

Springfield Police Sgt. John Delaney said Davis was arrested after a foot pursuit around 6:15 a.m. when someone called to report a suspicious person seen running near City Cleaners Inc., located at 1072 State St.

An investigation determined that someone had broken into the cleaners, and cash had been stolen from its register, according to Delaney. Police also noticed that rags had allegedly been stuffed into the fuel tanks of two delivery vans and then set on fire.

Members of the Springfield Fire Department Arson and Bomb Squad had responded to the scene to investigate the situation, according to Delaney.

An employee at the cleaners had told police he had come in to open up the shop and confronted the suspect after the vans had been set on fire. The suspect allegedly threatened to kill the employee before fleeing the scene, according to police.

At that scene, police recovered a laptop computer stolen from an earlier break-in at Excellence Auto Exchange, which is also located on State Street. According to Delaney, money and the laptop had also been taken from that shop earlier in the morning. 

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