Police advisory council honors seven officers


Com­munity and busi­ness lead­ers on the 8th Po­lice Dis­trict Ad­vis­ory Coun­cil re­cog­nized sev­en Of­ficers of the Month dur­ing an awards ce­re­mony on June 6 at Crown Cork & Seal’s cor­por­ate headquar­ters.

Of­ficers Daniel Shell­ham­mer and Daniel Ru­bin were the award re­cip­i­ents for Janu­ary after cap­tur­ing a wo­man wanted for rob­bing five area busi­nesses at gun­point between Jan. 22 and 28.

On Jan. 28, Shell­ham­mer and Ru­bin went to the Dol­lar Tree store on the 8000 block of Frank­ford Ave. to do a “se­cur­ity check” and speak with em­ploy­ees about the re­cent rash of rob­ber­ies. As the of­ficers ap­proached the en­trance, they ob­served a wo­man ex­it­ing the store who fit the de­scrip­tion of the wanted rob­ber.

The of­ficers de­tained the sus­pect and spoke to a store man­ager, who told them that the wo­man had just robbed the store. The of­ficers ar­res­ted the sus­pect, who was car­ry­ing a gun, a de­mand note, gloves and $53 cash. The wo­man was later charged with four ad­di­tion­al rob­ber­ies of oth­er busi­nesses in the area.

No Of­ficer of the Month was se­lec­ted for the dis­trict in Feb­ru­ary.

In March, Of­ficer Joseph Hans­bury earned the monthly award for mak­ing six ar­rests, in­clud­ing one in which he caught two graf­fiti van­dals de­fa­cing neigh­bor­hood busi­nesses, an­oth­er for van­dal­ism, one for theft from an auto­mobile and two for driv­ing while un­der the in­flu­ence.

The graf­fiti case on March 28 in­volved two men ages 22 and 25 who al­legedly did $9,000 worth of dam­age to nine busi­nesses along the 3100 block of Wil­lits Road that night.

Of­ficers Di­mitri­os Loizos and Dan Richard­son were named Of­ficers of the Month for April for cap­tur­ing two men who al­legedly stole a Jeep Wran­gler and used it to com­mit burg­lar­ies.

The of­ficers first spot­ted the stolen vehicle at the in­ter­sec­tion of Frank­ford Av­en­ue and Ben­son Street. As they pur­sued it south on Frank­ford, a second trail­ing Jeep yiel­ded to their po­lice car. A short dis­tance away, the stolen Jeep turned right onto Welsh Road. When the of­ficers slowed to nav­ig­ate the turn, the second jeep rammed their po­lice car from the rear.

Po­lice ar­res­ted the drivers of both Jeeps with­in minutes and dis­covered that they were work­ing to­geth­er as a burg­lary team.

Of­ficers Dora Vid­al and Nat­alie Crone were the award-win­ners for May for ar­rest­ing a man who al­legedly broke in­to a car on the 3200 block of Holme Ave. and stole a wo­man’s pock­et­book on May 14.

Vid­al and Crone met the vic­tim and ob­tained a de­scrip­tion of the sus­pect. A short time later, they saw a ped­es­tri­an fit­ting the de­scrip­tion near the Tor­res­dale Branch lib­rary about two blocks from the crime scene.

The of­ficers found the stolen pock­et­book in a nearby Dump­ster and the vic­tim’s wal­let in some bushes. The vic­tim iden­ti­fied the sus­pect as the thief. ••


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