As police officers are quick to point out, the key to catching criminals is the timely reporting of their crimes.
This was borne when cops arrested a pair of teenagers who snatched a woman’s iPhone on the B68 bus. Because the victim quickly notified cops, they were able to catch the perpetrators within minutes.
Credit this collar to Police Officer Michael Belogorodsky, who was named May’s “Cop of the Month” for the 60th Precinct.
On the morning of May 30, Belogorodsky and his partner were driving south along Coney Island Avenue in their patrol car. Suddenly, they saw a lady running up to the car, yelling and waving her arms.
Her iPhone had been stolen by two teenagers, she told the cops.
A home-health care aide for mentally disturbed patients, she was taking her patient for treatment at Coney Island Hospital. Sitting in the rear of the bus, she was listening to music on her iPhone, which was out in plan view.
When the bus pulled into a stop, one teenager snatched the iPhone before darting out the back door, which the other was holding open. Before the victim knew what hit her, both teenagers sprinted out of site.
Fortunately, the victim was able to give cops a description of the perpetrators, which the officers radioed to fellow cops.
Within minutes, several patrol cars converged on the teenagers walking on East 7th Street and Avenue Y.
Knowing they had been caught, the teenagers did not run and did not resist. They were identified by the victim and arrested, and the victim’s iPhone was found in their possession.
They were then taken back to the precinct for processing on charges of grand larceny.
Because it was the first time they had been arrested, both teenagers were released without bail that day to their parents.
“It’s very important to prevent crimes right after they happen. Even if you yourself don’t want to prosecute, you might prevent somebody else from being victimized. And you can recover your property,” Belogorodsky stressed.
“Also, if a perp has a drug or psychological problem – if that’s the reason they’re committing crimes – the criminal justice system can sometimes help them.”