Two stellar Bay Ridge cops in the spotlight

On February 14, Detective Frank Cinolauro of the 68th Precinct apprehended a suspect in the theft of a local postal carrier’s keys a day earlier. Two months and a few days later, he was honored by the 68th Precinct Community Council as one of its Cops of the Month.

Cinolauro, commanding officer Captain Joseph Hayward told council members during the group’s April 19 meeting at the station house, 333 65th Street, not only solved one crime but potentially prevented many others, as the alleged perp could have used the keys to steal important mail from across the 11209 zip code that covers most of Bay Ridge.

“It could have gone on for months,” Hayward emphasized.

Alongside Cinolauro, Police Officer Julie Otero was also honored for getting numerous dangerous weapons off the street. Noted Hayward, Otero had responded to the scene when word came of “an emotionally disturbed person” who had shot himself with his own gun, and called 911 to ask for help.

Otero “rendered aid,” said Hayward and, upon noticing numerous other weapons in the apartment, called her sergeant. “They seal the apartment and get a search warrant for the apartment and recover a loaded firearm, gravity knives, metal knuckle knives, daggers, brass knuckles,” Hayward recounted. “The list goes on and on, and these weapons would have been out on the street. As we see across the United States, weapons in the wrong hands lead to very, very bad things.

“Who knows how many lives might have been saved,” Hayward concluded.


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