Springfield Police Sgt. John Delaney says that’s exactly what he was doing one night this past January when he tripped the alarm at a business on State Street.
“The key holder responded to check the building out and the police were also dispatched,” says Delaney. “When the key holder was right around the corner, he went into the building and he came across Christian Baez.”
The key holder told police Baez was in the process of destroying surveillance cameras, but he caught him in the act.
“When the key holder saw him, he ran out of the building and he ran right into the police officer’s arms.” says Delaney. “They locked him up and during this investigation, they found out he had warrants on him out of South Hadley for breaking and entering.”
Baez made bail and police say, while he was out on bail, he committed his most recent break in. It happened a few weeks ago at a his ex-girlfriend’s apartment on Wilmont Street.
“Her son was walking in and he saw Christian Baez leaving with a bag full of stuff,” says Delaney.
He adds, “He kicked in the door and he stole a PlayStation 3, some games that went along with it and a Galaxy tablet and when the son looked out the window, Baez looked in his direction and he took off down Wilmont Street.”
Police say he ran straight to a pawn shop on Sumner Avenue.
“He sold the PlayStation stuff for $90 — and at the pawn shops they cooperate, they took his picture and they have his license,” says Delaney. “That same afternoon, he went to a pawn shop on Main Street in downtown Springfield and sold a Galaxy tablet for $60.”
With a positive I.D. from the pawn shop, Police issued warrants for breaking and entering and larceny.
“We need to get him in jail because, more than likely, he’s breaking into other apartments and businesses as we speak,” says Delaney.
If you see Christian Baez, call 9-1-1, or you can send police an anonymous tip. Just text it to CRIMES or 2-7-4-6-3-7 and in the message type SOLVE and your tip.