Cops intercept curious trio, uncover illegal weapon

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Talk about getting more than you bargained for.

When three cops from the 61st Precinct stopped a crew of thieves found looking into parked cars around Sheepshead Bay, they thought they were going to find stolen GPS devices, cell phones and other stolen electronics.

Instead, they found a gun, Captain George Mastrokostas told members of the 61st Precinct Community Council last week as he handed out “Cop of the Month” certificates to the crackerjack crimefighters.

Speaking at the meeting held at the 61st Precinct on Coney Island Avenue, Mastrokastas explained that Lieutenant Marc Crawford and Police Officers Joseph Breder and Suzanne Taha were patrolling through Sheepshead Bay on the last week of April when they spotted three suspicious males walking up and down one block, peering into the windows of parked cars.

The trio were reportedly operating from an idling car located near the corner, Mastrokastas explained.

Realizing that the trio were up to no good, the officers circled the block.

When they came back around, the three suspects had jumped in their car and sped off.

Cops pulled the car over after a brief pursuit, searched the car and found an illegal firearm, Mastrokastas told the council as he credited the officers for stopping a shooting −− and possibly a death −− from happening some time down the line.

Mastrokastas said that his officers are always on the lookout for thieves breaking into cars, which is a recurring problem in Sheepshead Bay, Manhattan Beach, Homecrest and other neighborhoods protected by the 61st Precinct.

Over the last year, the precinct has received several complaints of people breaking into cars and taking portable GPS units, iPods, cell phones, credit cards and other personal items that residents accidentally leave in their cars when they park it for the night.

The gun the officers found in this instance was a happy coincidence since the thieves are usually non−violent, council members were told.

Updated 11:48 am, January 16, 2019
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