Cops honored for nabbing suspected armed robber
by Beatrice Liu
Apr 24, 2013 | 2990 views | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Captain Thomas Conforti and community council president Heidi Chain present the Cop-Of-The-Month Award
Captain Thomas Conforti and community council president Heidi Chain present the Cop-Of-The-Month Award
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There has been a dramatic increase in burglaries in the Forest Hills and Rego Park area as of late, with a reported 90 percent increase since this time last year, especially in auto theft and late night robberies.

Likewise, in the last two weeks, three victims say they were robbed at knifepoint near area train stations.

Last week, during the 112th Police Precinct Community Council meeting, Captain Thomas Conforti honored four policemen with the Cop of the Month Award for their work in nabbing two criminals, one believed to be behind the knifepoint robberies.

Officers Kieran Tracy and partner Frank Nappi, along with Christopher Lipton and partner Ronald Scrimenti, were awarded for playing a big part in capturing two dangerous criminals who have also disrupted the serenity of our neighborhood.

While on patrol in plain clothes, Scrimenti and Lipton saw the suspect roaming around the area, and stopped him for investigation. To their surprise, they found a nine-inch knife on the suspect, which they believe he used in all three robbers.

The officers also found a significant amount of cash.

Meanwhile, while on midnight patrol on March 14, Nappi and Tracy saw two people acting suspicious in an alleyway and immediately approached. They later discovered a crowbar underneath one of their jackets.

Following further investigation, it was revealed that the two suspicious men were actually in the process of breaking into a garage at the time of the arrest.

They were both arrested for attempted burglary.

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