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Springfield Police Arrest Car Break-In Suspect

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SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) — A Springfield woman is under arrest after she allegedly broke into several cars overnight.

Over the last couple days, ten cars were broken into on several streets in the city’s Sixteen Acres neighborhood – including Mallowhill Road, Groton Street, and Parker Street.

According to Springfield Police Sgt. John Delaney, “the subject breaking into the cars would not force entry but would simply walk down the driveways and look for open doors,” at which point, items would be stolen from inside the cars.

Officers on patrol in the neighborhood remained on alert for a possible suspect.

Around 3 a.m. Tuesday, investigators saw a woman, whom they believed was the suspect, carrying several items while riding a bike near Greenleaf Park, Delaney says.

Police caught up with the woman near Vincent Street and they reportedly found her in possession of “a computer tablet, gift cards, pens, earbuds, a leather case, iPod case, phone chargers, Nintendo DS, bags of pumpkin seeds and a cup holder,” Delaney says.

An investigation found that the woman had allegedly just broken into several more cars on Princess Road, Puritan Road, and Puritan Circle.

Victims were able to identify their stolen items and the woman was arrested.

Melissa Hollister, 23, of Springfield is facing charges including six counts of breaking and entering of a motor vehicle, and four counts of larceny over $250.

Detectives are still working to determine if Hollister is connected to the ten earlier break-in cases reported in the neighborhood.

Arraignment is items would be stolen from inside the vehicle.

Delaney notes that many of the cars involved were unlocked. He urges residents to lock car doors and have alarms activated at all times, whether the vehicle is parked in a driveway, parking lot, or even in a garage.

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