Detective Orin Cox, second from right, and Police Officer Iballys Starling, were honored with the 106th Precinct’s Cop of the Month award for their arrest last month of four people who allegedly robbed an Ozone Park cell phone store.
On Friday, June 7 at 7:30 p.m. police responded to a robbery at the T-Mobile store at 97-03 Rockaway Blvd. Three masked gunman allegedly entered the store and ordered three people into a back room where another person was already located. The suspects allegedly ordered the employees to open the safe, from which they removed cash, stole the store’s cell phones and victims’ personal property and fled in a silver minivan.
Later that evening, Cox and Iballys spotted the van and arrested the alleged perpetrators at 79th Street and Linden Boulevard after the allegedly stolen items were found in the van, as well as a loaded handgun. All four suspects were charged with robbery and criminal possession of a weapon.
Awarding the honor to Cox, who previously won Cop of the Month in March 2011, and Starling are 106th Precinct Community Council President Frank Dardani, left, and Deputy Inspector Thomas Pascale, the precinct’s commanding officer.