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Nassau ‘Top Cops’ honored for ‘great work’ in home invasion

From left, Nassau First Precinct police officers Joseph

From left, Nassau First Precinct police officers Joseph Horn, David McGarrigle, and James Carver, stand with PBA president James Carver as they are honored by the Nassau County Legislature as they caught three armed robbers that invaded a Uniondale home carrying a shotgun and pistol on Monday, March 21, 2016 in Mineola. Credit: Howard Schnapp

Rookie Nassau Police Officer James Carver was on patrol in his squad car when he was flagged down by an eyewitness who spotted three armed burglars fleeing a Uniondale home invasion.

Carver, on the job for less than two years in the First Precinct, immediately blasted out the vehicle details to other officers.

Minutes later, Officers Joseph Horn and David McGarrigle saw a car fitting the description and arrested three Brooklyn men — armed with a shotgun and BB gun — in the early morning hours of Sept. 23, 2015, officials said.

Members of the Nassau Legislature, acting Police Commissioner Thomas Krumpter and Police Benevolent Association president James Carver, the father of Officer Carver, on Monday named the trio “Top Cops” at a legislative meeting in Mineola.

“It was the great work — and it’s truly an example of the teamwork that goes on each and every day — where a timely notification led to the apprehension and arrest of violent offenders who are now removed from the street and can no longer victimize the residents of Nassau County,” Krumpter said.

Carver, the PBA leader, said all the officers performed “great police work.”

“It’s obviously special pride because it’s my son,” said the elder Carver. “My father was on this job, my son is now on the job continuing the tradition, so I’m very proud of him, as I am of all our police officers.”

The suspects — Devin Joseph Mayo, 22; Jerome Dews, 21; and Reese Wooten, 21 — pleaded not guilty to burglary, robbery and weapons charges. Their cases are pending.

Presiding Officer Norma Gonsalves (R-East Meadow) stunned some at the meeting as she praised the officers, saying: “My family and I were victims of a home invasion, so I know what it’s like . . . so I give a hundred kudos to you for doing such a great job.”

Asked about the circumstances of the incident, Gonsalves snapped at a reporter. “Not now! Another time. You don’t really wanna know.”

Her spokesman later said in an email: “It was over 25 years ago and was a very emotional and personal incident that she does not want to revisit.”

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