Footprints in snow lead Chicopee police to breaking and entering suspect


CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – Chicopee police arrested a man early Monday morning after footprints in fresh snow led officers to the suspect who had allegedly broken into a business.  

According to Chicopee Police Officer Mike Wilk, police were called to Jeffreys Corner, a business at 1204 Granby Road, at 2:22 a.m. for a report of an alarm going off. 

Wilk said when officers got to the business, they saw footprints in snow that had recently fallen. Police allegedly followed the footprints where they found fresh pry marks on the back door.  

Police continued to follow the footprints away from the home and spoke with a witness who said a man, later identified as 24-year-old Dominic Giordano of Holyoke, had allegedly run away when he saw the officer’s flashlights.  

Wilk said the footprints then led officers to a vacant residence on Montgomery Street which had fresh pry marks and was broken into as well. 

The prints led officers out of the residence and down the street to Giordano who allegedly had wire cutters, black gloves, a flashlight, and a facemask on him. Wilk said officers also found ID cards and a wallet belonging to Giordano inside the vacant home.  

Wilk said officers also saw him on video attempting to pry the door of the business open and was arrested.  

Giordano is charged with breaking and entering in the nighttime to commit a felony, breaking and entering for a misdemeanor, and possession of burglarious tools.  

He is being held on $540 bail.  

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