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HADLEY — A trio of men broke into a Hockanum Road home Friday, attempting to make off with new copper plumbing and other items, only to be thwarted by the homeowner and arrested by police after a nearly 5-hour manhunt.

The incident reportedly occurred shortly before noon when the homeowner returned to find a truck loaded with property from the residence leaving the driveway, Hadley police said in a statement.

“The homeowner blocked the driveway and called 911 to report the incident,” the statement read. “Upon doing so, two of the three suspects fled into the woods.”

The third man was detained on the spot, police said. They did not release the names of any of the suspects of specify where the break-in occurred.

Massachusetts State Police joined police from Hadley, South Hadley, Northampton, Amherst and a team of Department of Conservation and Recreation park rangers in looking for the two men.

As the search was conducted, it was determined that the trio had broken into the home, removed newly installed copper plumbing, along with several unspecified metal and steel items from the yard, Hadley police said. The would-be robbers intended to sell the items, police said.

Around 4:30 p.m., South Hadley Detective Marc Dominic observed two men matching the description of the thieves getting on a bus. South Hadley police entered the bus, which was operating on a college route, and detained the two men.

All three will be charged with larceny over $250, breaking and entering in the daytime and damage to personal property, Hadley police said.

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