Springfield police say a suspect in an early morning burglary at a convenience store forgot one of the keys of a successful escape —  stealth.

Police say when officers responded to the alarm at “Sweet Life Cash and Carry” just after 1:00 this morning,  they saw the suspect make his way out of the Avocado Street business,  through some nearby woods toward the Connecticut River.

Police say they had an advantage because the suspect neglected to turn off his flashlight as he ran through the dark,  and Officer Matthew Benoit merely followed the light to follow the suspect.  In addition,  the suspect shed clothing as he ran, and by the time he arrived at the river bank, with temperatures in the teens and no where to go but the water, surrendered.

Police charged 36-year-old Miguel Rivera of Springfield with breaking and entering.


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