Police Officer Victor Sadarangri, second from left, was honored Oct. 9 with the 106th Precinct’s Cop of the Month award for two arrests he made last month.
The first stemmed from the robbery of an iPhone from the front counter of a car service office on Cross Bay Boulevard near Liberty Avenue in Ozone Park on Sept. 2.
The next day an individual called the owner of the iPhone offering to return it in exchange for $150 and set up a meeting time. The owner notified the police, who were waiting when the suspect showed up.
The man, who Deputy Inspector Jeffrey Schiff, the precinct’s new commanding officer said had 11 prior arrests, was arrested by Sadarangri when he arrived to make the exchange, but it turned out he had bought it from the actual thief for $80 and sought to make a profit on the exchange. The thief remains at large.
Sadarangri’s second arrest came on Sept. 24. at a home near 107th Avenue and 86th Street in Ozone Park that was being burglarized by two men.
Police said the duo broke into the home through a second-floor window and set off the house alarm. They then exited the home and waited outside, re-entering when police did not show up in response to the alarm. A neighbor heard the house alarm and called 911.
Sadarangri and two fellow officers — who were a few blocks away — responded. Sadarangri confronted the masked perpetrators who were startled, and on seeing that he was alone, ran to the front of the house, but were unable to get out because of a locked door, police said.
Although outnumbered, Sadarangri started to wrestle with them and was able to handcuff one of the perpetrators. His fellow officers apprehended the other suspect and the three officers recovered the stolen property, according to the NYPD.
Awarding the honor to Sadarangri at the Oct. 9 community council meeting are Capt. John Ganley, executive officer of the 106th Precinct, left, 106th Precinct Community Council President Frank Dardani and Schiff.
— Stephen Geffon