SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) – Police are issuing a warning after they arrest a man, who claimed to work for ADT, tried to break into a Springfield home.
Springfield Police Sgt. John Delaney says that just after 6:00 Sunday night, officers responded to a home on Ambrose Street after someone called saying that a man was trying to break in through a back door.
When officers arrived, the homeowner told them that the man tried forcing the door open a few times when the homeowner called out and asked what the suspect was doing.
The suspect, identified by police as 48-year-old Kenneth Spence of Springfield, allegedly yelled back that he was from ADT and needed to check the system. The homeowner also noted that the man had a clipboard with ADT written on it.
The homeowner asked for identification, which Spence was not able to provide, and when the suspect learned that police were called, he fled in a Chevrolet Impala.
A short time later, police spotted the car and pulled it over near Boston Road and Denver Street, with Spence allegedly behind the wheel.
When officers searched the car, Delaney says that they found that clipboard along with an ADT sign and ADT I.D. However, when contacted by police, ADT noted that Spence never worked for the company.
Spence is being charges with attempted breaking and entering in the nighttime with intent to commit a felony. He is scheduled to be arraigned Monday in Springfield District Court.
Police warn that home security companies do not make random inspection calls and would never come out at night. These companies, Delaney notes, only respond if summonsed by police or the homeowner.
If someone comes to your home claiming to be with a home security company, Delaney urges homeowners to not let that person into your home.
Delaney adds that detectives are working to figure out if Spence may be responsible for other breaking and entering cases in the city.
Investigators are also asking if anyone had this happen to them in the past week, call the Springfield Police Detective Bureau at (413) 787-6355.