Two officers from the 111th Precinct were feted Tuesday night for arresting a man who police say is responsible for a surge in area car thefts.
Deputy Inspector Jason Huerta honored officers Frederick Omodie and Alan Reid for their persistence that led to the Jan. 14 collar of a perp tied to 14 other crimes in the area, including six car thefts.
Police believe the man went car to car, pulling on door handles and searching glove compartments for keys, before driving off.
“Due to the awareness of local crime trends, intelligence, diligence and relentless follow-up, Officers Omodie and Reid were able to apprehend an elusive criminal, who would have stolen many more vehicles and property from the residents of the 111th Precinct,” Huerta said.
The two made the arrest during an overnight shift, after sifting through leads and asking for stolen car reports.
They searched around 222nd Street and found the suspect driving a reported stolen car with its headlights off. The car was later returned to its owner.
“These two officers are known for their hard work and dedication,” Huerta said. “They are an asset to the 111th Precinct and to the community.”