2nd PDAC officers honored

North­east res­id­ents might be see­ing a new wrinkle on an old scam, Capt. Frank Palumbo said earli­er this month.

Two men re­cently ap­proached a Lower North­east res­id­ent, telling him there was a dead an­im­al in his yard and that they needed to get onto the prop­erty to find out if his wa­ter was tain­ted.

This isol­ated case, Palumbo told mem­bers of the 2nd Po­lice Dis­trict Ad­vis­ory Coun­cil, was like oth­er ploys in which con artists pre­tend they are util­ity work­ers who ur­gently need to get in­to vic­tims’ houses to check wa­ter or gas pipes. 

Those phony PGW or PWD work­ers really ur­gently want to burg­lar­ize their vic­tims’ homes, po­lice have warned for years. 

At the Oct. 14 PDAC meet­ing in the Phil­adelphia Prot­est­ant Home, two 2nd Dis­trict cops were honored for quickly ar­rest­ing a street rob­bery sus­pect, and two oth­ers were sim­il­arly lauded for find­ing and ar­rest­ing two men wanted in a murder case.

Ian Lichter­man and Mi­chael Rooney were named Ju­ly Of­ficers of the Month. Padra­ic Feeney and Kev­in Mc­Grorty were the Au­gust honorees.

Ac­cord­ing to Com­munity Re­la­tions Of­ficer Di­anne Murphy, Rooney and Lichter­man were on patrol Ju­ly 28 at about 11 p.m. when they re­spon­ded to a call about a rob­bery. The vic­tim told the of­ficers he was robbed on the 1400 block of Magee by a man who brought an ob­ject to his back and told him not to move. The rob­ber went through the man’s pock­ets, re­liev­ing him of his phone and $50. When the vic­tim tried to flee, an­oth­er man punched him in the mouth. The men were ac­com­pan­ied by a wo­man, whom the two of­ficers were able to track down along with one of the men. The vic­tim iden­ti­fied both of them, Murphy said.

Mc­Grorty and Feeney, Murphy said, de­veloped in­form­a­tion that led to the ar­rests of two men wanted in con­nec­tion with a hom­icide case.

There will be no 2nd PDAC ses­sion in Novem­ber. The next meet­ing will be at 7 p.m. on Dec. 9 at the Phil­adelphia Prot­est­ant Home, 6500 Tabor Ave. ••

You can reach at jloftus@bsmphilly.com.

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