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NYPD captain busts three car thieves on day off during jog through his Queens precinct

2019-09-21

This Queens cop works up a sweat while fighting crime.

NYPD Cpt. John Hall, 42, who leads cops in Bayside’s 111th Precinct, was halfway through a two-mile run on his day off Saturday when a Mercedes Benz SUV parked near the Bayside Marina suddenly jogged his memory.

The vehicle appeared to be the same make and model of a vehicle reported stolen the day before. The license plate, which he remembered from a complaint report he reviewed, was an exact match, Hall said.

Within minutes, Hall called his officers to the scene, where they promptly busted three men found sleeping in the Mercedes and another SUV parked nearby. The other vehicle had been stolen from Nassau County, officials said.

2 stolen ?? & stolen ??s, all while out for a run on a day off!@NYPD111Pct Captain Hall was jogging when he saw a car that looked a lot like one that was stolen recently, & even had the same plate number ?? A quick call to his cops led to 2 stolen cars & credit cards recovered! pic.twitter.com/OehpNXCPhE

“They were pretty surprised that the cops were there when they woke up inside their stolen vehicles,” Hall said.

A number of stolen credit cards were found on the three men, cops said. Charges were pending Saturday as the investigation continued.

“The investigation is still live, but we believe they may be involved in a bit more,” said Hall, a 15-year veteran.

The NYPD hailed the off-duty arrest on Twitter.

“2 stolen (cars) & stolen (credit cards), all while out for a run on a day off! @NYPD111Pct,” the NYPD posted, using emojis to represent cars and credit cards. “Captain Hall was jogging when he saw a car that looked a lot like one that was stolen recently, & even had the same plate number A quick call to his cops led to 2 stolen cars & credit cards recovered!”

Hall, who has a graduate degree from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, confessed that a spate of car break-ins within his precinct had been on his mind.

Even a run along Joe Michael’s Mile overlooking Little Neck Bay couldn’t distract him.

“Every precinct commander lives and breathes his precinct,” Hall said. “We’ve been hit hard with car break-ins and a couple of vehicle thefts and so I was definitely keyed into the problem. It was something on the forefront of my mind right now.”