SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) – Witnesses and a quick thinking manager helped police nab two suspects trying to steal televisions from a city bar.
Springfield Police Sgt. John Delaney says that officers were called to Samuel’s at the Basketball Hall of Fame around 9:00 p.m. Sunday.
A female witness tells police that she was using the women’s room at the bar when she heard two people – a man and a woman – enter the bathroom.
Delaney says that the woman told police that she described the two “ripping the television off the wall” that was inside the bathroom.
The witness finished up and fled from the bathroom, and she then told the manager what was happening.
The manager and another employee went to the bathroom and locked the door so that the duo, identified as police as 38-year-old Robert Larrivee of West Springfield and 30-year-old Amanda Larrivee of Deerfield Beach, Fla., wouldn’t escape.
Officers responded and questioned the suspects, and upon further investigation found that the Larrivee pair had also tried to steal the television from the men’s room.
The two were arrested, and while they were being booked, Robert allegedly threatened to beat up the arresting officer.
Both were initially charged with larceny over $250, with Robert also facing a charge of threatening to commit a crime.
Wednesday, the charges against Amanda were dropped. She tells ABC40 that the initial comment her brother made to police when the arrived that the two were having sex was not at all what happened.
“I just want to come out and really let people know that it’s not what it looked like. It’s humiliating and the comment having sexual relations with my brother was an impulse, immature comment made by him that is not the truth,” Larrivee says in her interview to ABC40.
The Larrivee’s attorney, Jack St. Clair, says that charges against Robert have been also been reduced to destruction of private property.