Out For A Run, Police Officer Catches Burglar

  • By Duncan Larkin
  • Published Aug. 15, 2013

The officer was out for a 5-mile run when he saw something suspicious.

Sometimes the person you want running by your house is an off-duty police officer. is reporting that Daniel Quigley of the Springfield, Mass. Police Department happened to be out for a run when he saw a man trying to break into a house in that city’s East Forest Park neighborhood.

The incident occurred around 1 p.m. on Tuesday.

Officer Quigley was doing a 5-mile run around the neighborhood that he patrols. He spotted suspect Jesse Sands in the bushes. Upon further investigation, he noticed that the 25-year-old Sands was trying to cut a hole in a window screen using a knife.

Quigley backed away and called on-duty police, but while doing so, was noticed by Sands who then tried to flee the scene.

Even though he had already logged a few miles, Quigley was able to run down Sands and apprehend him.

Sands was booked on charges of attempted breaking and entering and possession of burglary tools.


Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin is the news editor at and a freelance journalist who’s been covering the sport of running for over five years. He’s run 2:32 in the marathon and won the Himalayan 100-Mile Stage Race in 2007. His first running book, RUN SIMPLE, was released last July.

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