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Wanted: Miguel Rivera

Springfield, Mass. (WGGB) — Police are looking for a cigarette-thief they say isn’t the slickest of criminals.

The reason why is he leaves behind clues revealing his identity and connection to crimes.

Springfield police say 36 year-old Miguel Rivera is backed by a history of violence, robberies, drugs, and even assault on an officer.

Now he’s wanted for breaking into the discount grocery store.

It happened in July of 2011 on Avocado Street.

“The area was the target of several B&E’s so these officers parked their cruisers and started walking around the building,” says Springfield Police Sgt. John Delaney.

What they found was a hole on the south side of the building with side paneling stripped back.

Patched up now, this is where Rivera gained entry.

“And right next to the hole in the side of the building the suspect left blood evidence for police to pick up. You can see it’s still visible, even a year later,” Delaney explains. He went on to say, “They took that into evidence and sent it to the state for a DNA test.”

A check of the store was done and it was discovered that 150 cartons of Newport cigarettes had been stolen.

With results pending on the DNA police responded to another robbery at the same grocery store and again, cigarettes had been stolen.

This time, a baseball cap was left behind which was also submitted as evidence.

“Both came back as Miguel A. Rivera on both B&E’s. The DNA, the sweat on the baseball cap and blood from the other time,” says Delaney.

Rivera has a warrant out for his arrest.

Police say he’s considered a dangerous suspect and they say don’t approach him. Just call your local law enforcement.

If you see Miguel Rivera call 9-1-1 or you can send the Springfield Police Department an anonymous tip. Just text it to CRIMES or 2-7-4-6-3-7 and in the message type solve and your tip.


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