Police recover stolen tools worth thousands from Springfield pawn shop


Stolen tools worth thousands of dollars were recovered at a pawn shop on Worthington Street, authorities announced on Thursday.

According to Springfield Police Department spokesman Ryan Walsh, detectives in Springfield found more than $7,000 in stolen merchandise from Home Depot and Lowe’s stores in western Massachusetts and Connecticut at the People’s Pawn on Worthington Street.

A Springfield detective noticed an unusual amount of new, unopened tools on the NESPIN Pawn Shop reporting system, a database required by city ordinance to enter items received, putting it on hold for 30 days.

On December 4, officers found the stolen goods at the Springfield pawn shop around 2 p.m.

The items recovered included drills, nail guns, and other various tools stolen from stores in Springfield, West Springfield, Greenfield, Wilbraham and Glastonbury, CT.

Representatives from Home Depot and Lowe’s had to visit the Springfield Police Department to scan the items and reveal which stores they were stolen from.

Police departments in each city and town have been notified and “each jurisdiction will be seeking criminal complaints against the suspects in their respective courts,” Walsh told 22News.

Walsh added that the owner and employees of the Springfield pawn shop followed the ordinance correctly, which led to the recovery of the stolen merchandise.

No arrests have been made.

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