While the suspect's mother was not charged, she unknowingly was about to be the get-away driver for her son who had just broken into multiple cars in a Springfield neighborhood, according to Springfield Police Sgt. John Delaney.
At about 9 p.m. Tuesday, police were called to the area of Chalmers Street and Sumner Avenue for the report of multiple car burglaries.
A concerned citizen was following the suspect, later identified as 30-year-old Ryan Sullivan, while speaking to police on his cell phone and alerting them of Sullivan's location, Delaney said.
Sullivan had made his way towards Garland Street, and that's when Springfield police saw a black Subaru circling the area. They questioned the elderly driver, who appeared to be looking for somebody. She told officers that while she was at home her son called and asked her to pick him up on Powell Avenue.
The officers let her go, but kept the Subaru in sight. Police then witnessed Sullivan emerge from a backyard on Powell and attempt to get into the Subaru.
"The officers recovered numerous stolen credit cards and debit cards from various victims along with loose change and money taken from cars," Delaney said.
Ryan P. Sullivan, 30, of 38 Sequoia Ave. Agawam, was charged with breaking and entering into a motor vehicle at nighttime (felony), larceny under $250, possession of burglary tools and trespassing, according to an arrest report.
In addition, Sullivan had warrants out of Brookline for breaking into cars, Delaney said.
Sullivan was arraigned Wednesday in Springfield District Court. The case remains under investigation.
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