The pair assisted in the arrest of a serial burglar in Forest Hills and Rego Park last month.
According to Conforti, the two were given a description of a green Chrysler Pacifica in the precinct that was thought to have been connected with dozens of burglaries.
While on undercover patrol in the precinct, the two officers came across a car that fit the description, parked their own unmarked car several blocks away and witnessed the suspect pace along a driveway to a home in the neighborhood.
“They immediately set up surveillance, which is hard to do because everyone knows what an unmarked police car looks like nowadays,” Conforti said. “They got the information they needed to put this one in, and that’s very simple: the license plate to the car.”
According to reports, the officers followed him for the rest of the night, however the suspect did not commit any crimes.
Over the next two nights, the two officers, with the help from others at the 112th Precinct, later apprehended him in the act of breaking into a home in the 106th Precinct in Ozone Park.
After searching the suspect’s apartment, Conforti said they found over 200 pieces of jewelry, electronics, iPads and televisions that the officers at the 112th Precinct personally traced back to burglaries in Forest Hills and Rego Park, as well as the 104th, 107th and the 106th precincts.
“If it wasn't for the actions of these two officers behind me, we would still be looking for this individual,” he said. “For every burglary you get caught doing, the equation of the ratio is you probably did 10 others, so this guy was a nemesis to the neighborhood.”
Croccito has been with the precinct for nine years, and Lipton has been an officer for 13 years.