Cops honored for nabbing thief after repeated burglaries

THE COURIER/Photo by Maggie Hayes

Officers Joao Rosero and Christopher Martins were on a routine patrol when they nabbed a suspect called one of the most “prolific” thieves in south Queens. The pair was honored as the Jamaica Rotary’s January cops of the month for the 102nd Precinct.

Rosero and Martins responded to a burglary in progress near 95th Avenue and 129th Street at about 3:30 p.m. on Jan. 2. The suspect was trying to climb into an elderly man’s backyard, said Deputy Inspector Henry Sautner, the precinct’s commanding officer.

After getting a description of the suspect, a 17-year-old male, the “young go-getters” were able to successfully identify and arrest him.

“These are the kinds of young guys we need here in the command,” Sautner said.

After positively identifying him, cops discovered the suspect was also linked to four additional burglaries since August. The arrest took place near the border of the 106th Precinct, and Sautner said he and the 106th Precinct’s Commanding Officer, Deputy Inspector Jeffrey Schiff, are both very familiar with his crimes.

The suspect also confessed to another attempted burglary earlier that same day.

The Jamaica Rotary also honored Officers Scott Hamburger and Anthony Fernandez from the 103rd Precint, Officers James Gherardi and Ryan Dunn from the 113th Precint, Officer William Sutherland from the 106th Precinct and Officer Jared Vasquez from the Highway Collision Investigation Squad.

“This borough has a reputation for great crime fighters and doing it in partnership with the community,” said David Barrere, new Commanding Officer of Patrol Borough Queens South. “We’re going to continue to get it done. We’re going to be in your corner.”



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