SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) – The thief was long gone when Springfield police arrived at a gas station break-in to find a smashed glass door and missing cigarettes and lottery tickets.

Then they got a break – from a suspect.

As officers were investigating Wednesday morning, a hospital notified them a man was in the emergency room claiming he had been stabbed in the leg.

Police said officers went to the hospital and found he had shards of glass on his clothes and shoes, and several smaller cuts. He was carrying several packs of cigarettes.

The investigators determined the man had cut himself on the glass. They later found he was carrying several lottery tickets.

Police arrested the 22-year-old and charged him with breaking and entering and larceny.

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