The commanding officer of the 76th police precinct named one of his men officers of the month on Tuesday for gathering the intelligence that lead to the seizure of a pair of heavy-duty semiautomatic weapons in the Gowanus Houses in late November.
Capt. Justin Lenz bestowed the honor on Sgt. Patrick Quigley, thanking him for his old-fashioned sleuthing.
“Because of Sgt. Quigley’s good work we got some serious weapons off the street,” Lenz said at a 76th Precinct Community Council meeting. “Great things happen when you just take a little time to talk to people.”
Cops got word of the guns, a 9-mm machine pistol and a .40-caliber semiautomatic carbine rifle, after Quigley leaned on a suspect facing domestic violence charges, and the guy spilled the whereabouts of the stash, Lentz said. Police grabbed the weapons on Nov. 20.
No arrest was not made in connection with the seizure, but Lenz said he’ll take getting guns off the street.
“We would always prefer to get an arrest, but it’s much more important that we get our hands on these lethal weapons,” he said.