SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) – Two off-duty Conn. Correctional officers are being credited in helping catch a man suspected in a string of robberies in Springfield.
Just before 1:00 p.m. Thursday, a woman was jogging near the area of Bradley Road, near Cherokee Drive, when she was robbed of her cell phone.
Springfield Police Sgt. John Delaney says that two off-duty Conn. correctional officers were in the area and saw the crime happen.
The pair then started to chase the suspect down Bradley Road to Emmet Street, where one of the suspects ran into some backyards and got away.
Delaney notes that the correctional officers – Kyle Wheeler and Gary Spillane (retired) – were then able to run down the second suspect and tackle him to the ground.
Springfield Police arrived a short time later and placed 19-year-old David Beadle of Springfield under arrest.
Delaney explains that detectives have identified Beadle as the suspect involved in a similar crime Sunday, where two women were walking in the area Wilbraham Road, near Alden Street, when they were attacked from behind and two iPhones were stolen from a baby carriage.
Investigators are also working to determine if Beadle is a suspect in at least two other incidents this week.
Around 12:15 Wednesday, a 22-year-old woman was also attacked from behind by a suspect and had her iPhone stolen while jogging on Arcadia Boulevard.
A short time later, also on Wednesday, a 19-year-old woman was jogging along Wilbraham Road, near Alden Street, when she too was approached from behind and was robbed of her iPhone.
In those crimes, the suspect was seen fleeing and jumping into a white van.
Police reportedly found a white van, which Delaney says was to be used as a “getaway car,” parked on Emmett Street and inside, detectives allegedly found several stolen cell phones.
“This was an outstanding arrest and a crime wave was halted before any female was seriously injured,” Delaney notes.
Beadle is currently being charged with one count of unarmed robbery. However, other charges may be filed before Beadle is arraigned Friday in Springfield District Court.
The investigation remains ongoing. Delaney says that “detectives are already looking for Beadle’s accomplice and I expect another arrest will be made in this case in the near future.”