In May of last year Officer Deluca was dispatched to a theft call in which an employee was suspected of stealing a diagnostic scanner valued at $10,000. Officer Deluca was informed by an employee of the business that the suspect asked him if he knew of anyone that would purchase the scanner from him. Using creative investigative skills Officer Deluca engaged the employee to make a controlled call to the suspect.
During the course of the call the suspect made several incriminating statements regarding the theft of the scanner. Officer Deluca then personally made a controlled call, arranging to meet the suspect and purchase the stolen piece of equipment. With surveillance assistance from the BEAR and Substation Unit, Officer Deluca met the suspect to complete the transaction, at which time he was taken into custody without incident.
As a result of Officer Deluca’s investigative skills the suspect was arrested and a $10,000 piece of equipment was returned to its rightful owner. It is for this reason that Officer Deluca is awarded an Exceptional Police Initiative Commendation.