POLICE: Soda machine break-in suspect caught by canine

Chicopee police dog “Pako.” Image Courtesy: Chicopee Police Department

CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – A man accused of breaking into soda machines at a Chicopee supermarket allegedly sped away from police, turned around in a motel parking lot, and later crashed his car. Chicopee Police Officer Mike Wilk told 22News that Michael Marshall, 40, of Athol, faces several charges following the incident early Monday morning on Memorial Drive, including two counts of malicious damage of property, speeding, resisting arrest, and driving the wrong way down a state highway.

Wilk says that police were called to the Stop & Shop at 678 Memorial Drive at around 3:25 A.M., for a report of someone breaking into the soda machines there. The officer who went to investigate saw a vehicle leaving the parking lot. He tried to stop the driver, but Wilk says he sped off north on Memorial Drive.

Chicopee police booking photo of Michael Marshall, 40, of Athol.
Chicopee police booking photo of Michael Marshall, 40, of Athol.

Farther up the road, Wilk says the driver went over onto the southbound side of Memorial Drive, cut through the Pines Motel parking lot, and began traveling south down Memorial Drive, before crashing at the corner of Irene Street. Not giving up, the suspect ran toward the apartments on Debra Drive, where he was caught by “Pako,” one of the department’s police dogs, and put under arrest.

In addition to the previously mentioned charges, Marshall is also accused of possession of a burglarious instrument, a subsequent offense of driving with a revoked license, failure to stop for a red light, and a marked lanes violation. He is also accused of damaging a soda machine at the Pines Motel.

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