Thief apologizes for stealing car

WESTFIELD – Agawam police are seeking a man, perhaps a city resident, who is believed to have stolen a car in their city but was apologetic about his crime.
Westfield police were asked for assistance locating a suspect in a spate of breaking and enterings to vehicles in Agawam which apparently ended with a vehicular theft.
City police report that an Agawam officer called 1t 10:51 a.m. Thursday to ask that city officers attempt to locate a Cleveland Avenue resident who was encountered by Agawam officers earlier in the morning as they investigated a rash of break ins to vehicles parked on North Westfield Street in their city.
The officer said that the man had been seen running through backyards in the area and asked that Westfield officers check to see if a car stolen in their city had been dumped in the Washington Street area.
The officers also checked the home of the suspect but found neither him nor the missing 2000 Toyota.
However, later in the afternoon, an employee of a Union Street automotive business reported that a gray Toyota had been left on the company’s property.
Officer Michael Ruffo responded to the call and found the car to be the Toyota which had been reported to have been stolen in Agawam earlier.
Ruffo reports that the staff at the business said that the person who abandoned the car was captured on their security video. They also said that the man left a note in the car.
Capt. Michael McCabe said that the car was found with a key in the ignition and a note on the front seat.
The note read, he said, “Sorry I stole your car.”
Agawam police were notified and Det. Mike Decarro responded to examine the vehicle and view the video.
He also notified the owner of the vehicle and advised city police that the owner was coming to take custody of her car.
The case remains under investigation by Agawam police.

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