SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) – Police have arrested a teenager for a string of house breaks in Springfield over the last several months.
Since July, Springfield Police Sgt. John Delaney says that since July, his department has been investigating break-ins in the Sixteen Acres neighborhood, including on Northway Drive, Jerilis Drive, Bellamy Road, Joanne Road, and Parkerview Street.
In one instance, Delaney says that a home on Jerilis Drive was broken into in July and the homeowner’s car keys were stolen during the break, then just last week, the suspect went back to the same house and stole the car.
The investigators break in the case came on Tuesday. That day, a house was broken into and someone was able to allegedly identify the suspect as 17-year-old Jaquon Jones, who Delaney says is a “self proclaimed local gang member” from Springfield.
Jones also allegedly used that stolen car in the break-in.
Detectives got a warrant for Jones’ arrest, and that stolen car was then spotted again Thursday on Merrill Road, near Jones’ Lucerne Road home.
Surveillance was conducted for the car, and detectives spotted Jones and took him into custody.
Police went to his house with a search warrant, where they found his mother home at the time.
During the search, they found Apple MacBooks and other laptop computers, Nintendo Wii systems and games, keys to other cars, computers, headphones, binoculars, jewelry, cell phones, clothing, iPod’s and iPod Nanos, battery chargers, flat screen televisions, DVR’s, and laser printers.
“The keys were stolen in a breaking and entering in July and the thief, Jaquon Jones, boldly came back and stole the car out of the driveway last night because he already had the keys,” said Sgt. John Delaney, Executive Aide to the Springfield Police Commissioner. “That was his downfall. We got very good prints, we got witnesses.”
“Detectives were making happy phones calls to people who had their house broken into and they’re getting their stuff back,” said Delaney.
Police have contacted the owners of their stolen goods.
Delaney notes that the investigation is still ongoing.