Police Captain Catches Thieves Outside Carroll St. Subway Station

The head of the 76th Precinct helped arrest two men who allegedly stole a woman's phone last week.

Two thieves picked the wrong escape route last week, when they found themselves in the direct path of the 's police captain.

On Thursday, September 6 at 7:57 pm, a woman, 32, had left her phone idle on top of an open table at , when it was pocketed by a pair of crooks who immediately fled.

A few minutes later, was patrolling down Smith Street in his police vehicle when the call came over the radio—and the thieves walked by.

"I was able to positively I.D. them from the description and immediately called for assistance," said Captain Schiff, who suspected the pair were headed toward the subway. 

But the getaway plan was no match for the 76's quick response units. Within another minute multiple police cars descended upon the subway entrance at 2nd St. and Smith St., answering the captain's call for backup.

By 8:08 pm the two men had been arrested, after they were found in possession of the victim's phone.

The pair were not first-time offenders: Maurice Mills, 20, a resident of the 76th Precinct, also has an active warrant for assault. His accomplice, Hakeem O'Neil, 18, lives in the 77th Precinct and has an open case for second-degree robbery.

In the event of a crime, residents are encouraged to always immediately report it to police. For non-emergency concerns, call 311 or attend the 76 Precinct's monthly  to discuss the issue in person.

rd September 10, 2012 at 01:48 PM
i was out at a local bar/resturant on court st last evening with my significant other... we were sitting at a table outside having a drink when a guy sits at the table next to us with his macbook pro (the nice silver model). He leaves the computer open on the table and goes inside. he only left it for 20-30 seconds but I looked at my mate and said, "want a new computer?". shocking how careless people are!
Frank Cuomo September 11, 2012 at 12:20 AM
Great job by the Police Captain and fellow policemen. I agree that folks need to think about what electronic devices they need to walk around with and leave out for dsiplay for all to see while drinking or dining out. A liitle caution goes a long way to preventing a crime.
Sara September 11, 2012 at 01:08 PM
Agree with you all...good job cops, bad job lady!
Anthony September 11, 2012 at 01:36 PM
People are very careless in this neighborhood and forget that we live in NYC. Great job by the Capt. Maybe that deters some thieves for at little while.
Zipporah Dvash September 11, 2012 at 01:39 PM
The 76 is one of our great neighborhood resources!


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