At roughly 4 a.m. on 63rd Road near 98th Street in Rego Park, the two were making a typical night shift stop when they noticed a driver’s light was out while patrolling the outer regions of Forest Hills near Rego Park Mall.
As they pulled up in their marked police car, the situation was quickly identified as anything but routine when the driver became anxious.
“He was just moving the car for his grandmother,” 112th Precinct Captain Thomas Conforti explained. “The two officers knew exactly what was going on in that area and that he broke into the car.”
The individual arrested for the theft was also in possession of stolen merchandise from another vehicle just up the street.
Conforti said that although the individual was released on bail from this particular arrest, he was nabbed just three days later for a similar crime and was once again caught and taken in with a “substantially higher bail.”
“It might not sound as important as making a homicide collar or making an armed robbery collar,” Conforti said, “but the arrests that these two officers made back in the beginning of this month is just as valuable.”
According to Conforti, the 112th Precinct recorded roughly 15 to 20 auto break-ins per week back in January, and last week there were a total of two in the entire precinct and three the week before.
“That is done, due to the hard work of all the officers, along with the two that are being recognized here tonight,” he said of his precinct and Officers Alberty and Gerard. “I can truly say that their actions have dramatically, effectively, decreased the auto-related crime in this precinct.”