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Exceptional Police Initiative Commendation – Officer Greg Tony and Officer Jen Greear & Exceptional Support Initiative Commendation – Telecommunicator Barry Kolesar
Officer Greear responded to a suspicious vehicle call at a local residence. The caller described the suspicious individuals, the car and TAG, however, when Officer Greear arrived the vehicle was nowhere to be found. Instead of dismissing the call she continued to search in the area. Dispatcher Kolesar ran the TAG which came back with no record. Rather than dismiss the request, he immediately began running other possible variations of the tag in hopes of identifying the questionable vehicle. While searching the area, Officer Greear made contact with a resident whose dogs were barking loudly in the back yard. The resident advised the dogs only bark loudly if someone tried to enter the gate of their fenced area. In the same period of time Officer Tony responded to the location of the probable TAG and found the car approximately two streets away from the residence to which it was registered. While the incident was ongoing Dispatcher Kolesar recalled an incident out of Margate a few months prior involving a similar vehicle and a specific suspect with a gun. As he connected the dots, the suspect’s name came to him and he realized that the suspect and the registered owner of the vehicle were related. He quickly located a photo of the suspect and forwarded it to Officers Greear and Tony at which time Officer Tony confirmed that was the person he had under surveillance. Officer Tony observed the suspect as well as an additional male run by his car with an item concealed under his shirt. Investigations confirmed that both suspects had an extensive criminal history, including armed robbery and that they were attempting to commit a residential burglary. They were charged with Burglary, Criminal Mischief, Resisting, Possession of Burglary Tool and Loitering & Prowling.
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