62nd Precinct cops honored for nabbing big burglars

Three officers from the 62nd Precinct were honored for nabbing notorious burglars at the 62nd Precinct Community Council meeting held on Tuesday, March 19 at the stationhouse.

The officers snagged Cop of the Month awards for two separate incidents.

The first took place on Thursday, March 14 at 2 p.m. Police Officer Anthony Chow and his anti-crime team were doing routine patrol when they noticed two white males walking slowly on 16th Avenue near 79th Street. They followed them a couple of blocks in an unmarked car before the perps noticed and fled in two different directions.

After a few minutes, the perps met up with another perp in a car, but were eventually apprehended by Chow and his team. All three white males are residents of the 63rd Precinct and have a past criminal history. Ski masks, gloves and a two-way radio were found in the car, along with property stolen from previous burglaries. All three were charged with burglary.

“This was an excellent job by Chow and the entire team,” said Deputy Inspector James Rooney, commanding officer of the 62nd Precinct, noting that the arrests had stopped a burglary pattern.

The second caper took place on Saturday, March 9 at 2 p.m. Police Officer Christian Torres and Police Officer Romina Cekani got a signal of a grand larceny in progress at Bay Parkway and 61st Street. When they arrived, a white female told them that she had seen a male break into a limo parked in front of St. Athanasius Church and remove a white and pink purse.

Torres and Cekani began canvassing the area and saw the perp flee down the church alleyway. While a wedding was taking place inside the church, the officers apprehended the thief and secured the purse, which belonged to the bride and also had checks and gifts inside.

Louis Trimboli, president of the 62nd Precinct Community Council, also presented a special Community Service award to Dave Ragoonan, owner of 7-Eleven. A resident of Queens, Ragoonan is also on Queens Community Board 13 and sits on the board of the Queens High School of Science.

“He has really branded 7-Eleven in the community and participates in the community,” Trimboli said. “Even if you take them away from where they are, they still know what to do.”

The next 62nd Precinct Community Council meeting will take place on Tuesday, April 16 at 7:30 p.m. at the stationhouse at 1925 Bath Avenue.

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