SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) — Two Springfield men have been arrested after allegedly stealing metal from an abandoned home.
Springfield Police Sgt. John Delaney says that at 9:00 a.m. Monday, a resident called police reporting that she noticed some suspicious activity at 80 Cornell Street, a home that Delaney says had been abandoned after being foreclosed on by the bank.
The resident observed two men drive a gray minivan onto the lawn. The caller also noticed those two men allegedly load large pieces of metal, taken from the home, into their van.
Officers responded to the scene and found the two alleged metal thieves, 41-year-old Louis Ellis and 52-year-old Delango Hutchins, both of Springfield, loading their van with the stolen metal, adds Delaney
Officers also found that Ellis and Hutchins allegedly had all tools for the robbery, including two wheeling dollies that they used to move heavier pieces to their van.
Ellis and Hutchins were arrested and charged with one count rach of breaking and entering, one count of Larceny over $250, one count of malicious damage costing $250, and one count of possession of burglarious tools.
Delaney says that metal theft crimes are a constant issue, and the police department is urging all community members who may have abandoned homes in their neighborhood to be on the lookout for suspicious activity, and call 911 if any problems are noticed.