SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) 12/14/11 UPDATE –
Police found Julio Ruiz. He had been arrested on different charges and was in state prison.
He will now face charges in connection with the two break-ins cops say he’s responsible for.
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB)–
Cops say Julio Ruiz is a real life “Grinch”. They say he ripped off Christmas presents from 2 different homes in Springfield.
The first break in was last November on Moreland Street.
“During the house break he stole a blue ray DVD player, when he was at the house he left a cigarette. The homeowner came home and found that cigarette,” explained Springfield Police Sergeant John Delaney.
Investigators sent the cigarette butt out for DNA testing and while they were waiting for the results, they say Ruiz struck again in the same neighborhood in January.
“The people in the apartment still had their Christmas tree up, under the tree was Wii games, a Wii player and a blue ray DVD that he stole, but he had scissors with him. When he was cutting a package he cut himself and left blood on the DVD stand,” added Sgt. Delaney.
That blood was also sent out for DNA testing.
“Takes a long time for DNA evidence to be processed it’s not like CSI when you have it in 20 minutes you know who did it, it doesn’t work that way in real life,” said Sgt. Delaney.
Now that the results of both tests are in cops know Julio Ruiz is their guy. Ruiz has lived near Liberty Street, Maple Street and Belmont Ave. So keep your eyes open in case you cross paths with this wanted Criminal.
Your tip could help land him behind bars.