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Three charged in plumbing theft in Hadley

HADLEY — Three Springfield men broke into a Hockanum Road home last Friday, stripping the residence of its plumbing, only to be thwarted by the homeowner, who arrived around noon to find the men backing their truck out of the driveway, police said.

The resident blocked the driveway, causing two of the three suspects to flee on foot and prompting a nearly five-hour manhunt that ended in South Hadley.

William Smith, 50, Darrell A. Baldwin, 42, and Tavares Washington, 38, were arrested and charged with larceny over $250, breaking and entering in the daytime and damaging personal property. Smith was arrested at the scene.

They were arraigned in Eastern Hampshire District Court Monday and released on cash bail. They are due in court for a pre-trial hearing on Oct. 22.

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 Baldwin and Washington.

Around 4:30 p.m., after South Hadley Det. Marc Dominic observed two men matching the description of the thieves getting on a bus, Baldwin and Washington were arrested by South Hadley police.

According to court documents, the three forced their way into the house through a bulkhead, breaking the door away from the concrete frame. The home’s entire plumbing system had been removed, court documents said. A plumber estimated the damage in lost materials at around $800.

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