Plain-clothes officers Ronald Mazzaglia, Anthony Fallacaro and Thomas Daniele were already on the night shift watch when the call came in, out addressing a recent string of auto break-ins and robberies around the area.
Following the call they immediately responded, only to find they missed their suspects.
After surveying the perimeter of the building, the three came across an eyewitness who provided a thorough description of the suspects.
After combing the neighborhood streets for nearly two hours, the officers found two men, several blocks away near the intersection of Booth Street and 63rd Drive, that matched the witness’s description.
“These officers didn’t give up,” Captain Thomas Conforti said of their persistence. “These same two individuals were caught on video from an adjoining store of actually committing the attempted burglary.”
Conforti awarded the three officers with the “Cop of the Month” award for January for their heroism and unrelenting determination at seeking out, and putting a storybook ending to the case.
He presented the officers with the honor at the February meeting of the 112th Precinct Community Council.
While Conforti acknowledged the hard work of the rest of his precinct over the last month, this particular act stood out as a particularly honorable achievement.
“It’s pretty hard because I have to go through a whole month’s worth of police work and try to find out what is most noteworthy,” Conforti said.