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Neighbors nab man trying to rob Springfield home

October 8, 2014

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) — Police are crediting vigilant neighbors with catching a man who tried to rob a Springfield home.

Police say the suspect entered the garage of a home on Tuesday afternoon and tried to make off with some cash and collectable coins. The home’s resident was outside using a leaf blower at the time and didn’t see or hear the intruder.

But two neighbors saw the man, ran across the street and tackled the man, holding him for a couple of minutes until police arrived.

Responding officers arrested 40-year-old Christopher Bellefeuille of Springfield and charged him with larceny and burglary.

He is scheduled to be arraigned Wednesday. It’s unclear if he has a lawyer.

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