Cops honored for nabbing robbers

February 21, 2013 Denise Romano
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Two police officers were honored on Tuesday, February 12 for collaring notorious robbers at the 72nd Precinct Community Council meeting.

The precinct has been experiencing a spike in robberies and grand larcenies, especially theft of electronic devices, explained Captain James Grant, the commanding officer of the 72nd Precinct. So when plainclothes Police Officer Victor Falcon and Police Officer John Anastasakos heard a call over the radio that two females had had their cell phones forcefully taken from them, they went to the vicinity of the crime.

“They diligently canvassed the area even after the official robbery investigation was done,” Grant said.

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The officers spotted three men who matched descriptions of the suspects. After some questioning, it was discovered that one perp had the victim’s cell phone on his person, along with another stolen phone. The three were charged with robbery and criminal possession of stolen property.

But that’s not all.

Falcon and Anastasakos also arrested a “notorious burglar and car thief” on January 23 and just last week prevented an Asian female from being robbed. Grant explained that the officers saw two perps casing the victim, who was walking and talking on her iPhone.

After an hour and a half, the victim turned down 58th Street and the perps separated. Just as one was about to approach her, the officers stepped in and prevented the theft.

“These are three small examples of the hard work these individuals do,” Grant said. “We are honoring them tonight for this hard work. Being a citizen of New York, I would want them patrolling the neighborhood I live in.”

The next 72nd Precinct Community Council meeting will be held on Tuesday, March 12 at 7:30 p.m. at the precinct house on Fourth Avenue between 29th and 30th Streets.

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