SPRINGFIELD, NJ - According to the Springfield Police Department, on March 7, at around 4:00 p.m., officers responded to a report of a possible burglary in progress.
A resident in the area contacted the police after being alerted by his housekeeper that a group of unknown men had walked through his yard. The group was allegedly heading towards a vacant neighboring property. The resident then observed the group of men exiting the neighboring home and fleeing the area in a vehicle, which he described to the police.
Springfield Police Officer Michael Wlazlo immediately responded to the scene and conducted a preliminary investigation. Officer Wlazlo determined that forced entry had been made inside the property.
On his way to assist Officer Wlazlo, Springfield Police Officer Matthew Schmidt spotted the suspects' vehicle on Mountain Ave. and initiated a motor vehicle stop.
According to the Springfield Police Department, the four subjects in the vehicle were positively identified as the burglary suspects.
All four were placed under arrest by Officer Schmidt and Springfield Police Officer Anthony Kassis with the assistance of Mountainside Police. They are now facing charges of burglary, criminal mischief, and drug possession.
In the department's post on Facebook, Chief John Cook said the public police partnership was key to the quick apprehension of the suspects.
"Our community relies on a close working relationship between the police and the public," Cook said. "This is another instance where an observant homeowner and excellent police work by our officers keeps criminals off the streets."