Swansea PD: Break-In Suspect Had Realistic-Looking Pellet Gun

Swansea, Mass. (WLNE) – Swansea Police said they caught a break-in suspect after a foot chase. Officers said the suspect had a pellet gun that looked like a real gun.

On Wednesday, officers received a call about someone driving through the gated fence of Brad’s Auto at 1475 G.A.R. Highway. Swansea Police responded but did not catch a suspect at the time.

However, on Thursday morning, Swansea Police received another call to go back to Brad’s Auto. The caller said a suspicious man was in the car lot and was trying to break through a gate to the impound yard. Once police arrived, the caller told them the man had just run off toward Best Choice Auto at Bushee Road and G.A.R. Highway. The officers then headed toward Best Choice Auto. On Bushee Road, officers saw a man who fit the description reported by the caller. The man ran behind a house on Bushee Road, then ran into the woods.

Swansea Police set up a perimeter and searched the woods. They used a drone to get an overhead view. In addition, the Bristol County Sheriff’s Department and Massachusetts State Police brought in their K-9 units.

Police found the suspect in a thorn-heavy area of the woods. Officers said the man put up a brief struggle before they were able to arrest him. Neither the suspect nor any officers were hurt in the struggle.

Swansea Police said the suspect had a realistic-looking BB pellet gun on him, which they seized. They said the suspect also had a key fob that belonged to an impounded vehicle at Brad’s Auto. Officers determined that the same man was also the suspect in the original breaking and entering that had been reported on Wednesday night at Brad’s Auto.

The suspect, 18-year-old Biron Gabriel Chalas-Lopez of East Providence, faces the following list of charges:

Breaking and Entering into a Motor Vehicle During the Daytime with Intent to Commit a Felony (two counts)
Malicious Damage to Motor Vehicle
Malicious Destruction of Property Over $1,200
Disorderly Conduct
Disturbing the Peace
Receiving a Stolen Motor Vehicle (two counts)
Resisting Arrest
Receiving Stolen Property Under $1,200

Chalas-Lopez was booked into the Fall River Justice Center.

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