Tracks in snow lead police to B&E suspects

FAIRHAVEN, Mass. (WPRI) — Police have arrested two teens accused of breaking into a Fairhaven store thanks in part to the winter weather that has plagued our region as of late.

Officers told us they responded to a burglar alarm at Friendly Farm Convenience Store on Sconticut Neck Road just before 5 a.m. on Feb. 2 to find the glass front door completely shattered. Police followed a trail of footprints away from the store, finding a broken bottle of champagne along the way.

The tracks led them to 31 Day Street, where the officers said they found two males lying on the floor underneath a blanket. Police noted the pair’s sneakers were wet and cold and matched the footprints found in the snow, and that the two males matched the description of the suspects caught on the store’s surveillance camera.

Jared Spangler, of Summer Street, and Tyler Smith, of Tyler’s Way, both 19 years of age, are accused of using a concrete block to smash the store’s front door and stealing champagne and cigarettes, according to police.

They were taken into custody and charged with breaking and entering into a building in the nighttime to commit a felony, larceny from a building, and vandalism.

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