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Neighbors Help Nab Alleged Breaking and Entering Suspects in Springfield

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SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) — A bribe didn’t stop eyewitnesses to an alleged breaking and entering on Monday afternoon from calling the police.

Police say that around 10:45 a.m. Monday, two men reportedly broke into a vacant home on Cleveland Street and began to steal large metal radiators.

Springfield Police Sgt. John Delaney explains that as the suspects were conducting their alleged crime, neighbors spotted the pair.

One of the suspects, after noticing the witnesses, proceeded to walk over to one neighbor and offered that person $20 “to not call the police,” Delaney says.

However, the neighbor didn’t take the cash and 911 was called.

Police arrived and arrested 28-year-old Nathaniel Guerra and 28-year-old Jose Gonzalez, both of Springfield. They are both being charged with breaking and entering in the daytime to commit a felony and larceny over $250.

The pair is scheduled to be arraigned Tuesday in Springfield District Court.

Nathaniel Guerra

Nathaniel Guerra

Jose Gonzalez

Jose Gonzalez

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