Springfield’s librarian gives chase
By Susan Smallheer
Staff Writer | January 01,2014
PHOTO BY LEN EMERY
Russell Moore, Springfield’s longtime library director, sports a large bandage on his left pinky finger that was cut on broken glass left behind by a man who broke into his home Monday.
SPRINGFIELD – Russell Moore is usually the quintessential mild-mannered librarian.
Moore, Springfield’s longtime library director, used the first five minutes of his annual budget presentation Monday night to thank the Springfield Police Department and the Springfield Fire Department’s ambulance crew.
Sporting a heavily bandaged finger, Moore said he and his wife were asleep early Monday morning at their home when their home was broken into. Moore jumped into action to chase the burglar, and somehow cut his finger on the broken glass left behind by the fleeing burglar.
Springfield Police were able to apprehend a Springfield man who they have charged with breaking into the Moores’ Hillcrest Road home. Adam Currier, 21, was arraigned in White River Junction criminal court Monday and charged with burglary and attempted burglary, and petty larceny.
Currier had allegedly broken the Moores’ front door, ripped a screen off a porch window, and had pushed open the side door to the Moores’ garage. Both of the Moores’ vehicles had been rifled through and a GPS device taken. The GPS was later recovered by the Springfield police, Moore said.
Moore ran downstairs and turned on the light to see the burglar run out the door. Moore ran outside and gave chase, but the burglar took off down the snowy road.
After the incident at the Moores’ home, Currier then tried to break into the Durham home on Ellis Street, sticking his head inside the bedroom of a sleeping elderly man.
Moore gave the Springfield Select Board an account of the burglary and praised the work of Springfield Police Cpl. Chris Norton. And then, ever the professional librarian, immediately started talking about his budget presentation.