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In Southborough, MSP Air Wing uses Infrared to spot Robbery Suspect Hiding in Tree

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At approximately 2:15 AM today Massachusetts State Troopers on patrol out of the State Police-Millbury Barracks responded to assist Worcester Police, who were attempting to apprehend a suspect who had broken into the Shoe Supply Store at 1114 Pleasant St., Worcester a short time earlier.

The suspect fled the scene of the robbery in a 2010 Mercedes-Benz E350 sedan. Worcester Police observed the suspect fleeing the scene and pursued, with Troopers in a secondary position behind Worcester officers. When the suspect vehicle entered Route 146 southbound Troopers assumed the primary position in the pursuit.

The pursuit continued onto the Massachusetts Turnpike eastbound, where it continued for approximately 20 miles before the suspect vehicle struck a Stinger tire deflation device put down in its path in Southborough by Troopers ahead of the pursuit route. Upon hitting the spike device, the suspect vehicle became disabled and crashed into the woodline. The male suspect, the only occupant of the vehicle, got out and ran into the woods.

MSP patrols and K-9 teams, along with local officers, established a perimeter and began a search. State Police Air 4, a helicopter from the MSP Air Wing crewed by Sgt. Gregg Spooner and Troopers Joshua Pacheco and Mason Oliveira, launched and joined the search. The flight crew established ongoing communication with ground units and conducted an aerial search utilizing, among other equipment, the aircraft’s Forward Looking Infrared (FLIR) camera.

At approximately 4:20 MSP Air 4’s crew located the suspect hiding in a large tree, some 25-30 feet off the ground, in the backyard of a home on Cordaville Road in Southborough. The flight crew directed patrols and a K9 team on the ground to the tree, and Troopers and Southborough Officers commanded the suspect to come down. The suspect complied and was taken into custody and transferred to Worcester Police for the investigation into the commercial breaking and entering. State Police will summons the suspect for additional motor vehicle charges related to the pursuit. MSP Media Relations does not have the suspect’s ID info at this time.

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