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Quick-Thinking Con Edison Employee Nabs Would-Be Crook

He saw something, and he did something. Con Edison Corporate Security manager James Russo thwarted a potential robbery while on a work assignment in Dyker Heights, Brooklyn last Thursday.

“I called 911when I noticed a dishelved man suspiciously rambling in and out of closed residential driveways,” said Russo, a former 21-year law enforcement officer.

His fast actions netted the arrest by New York City Police Department officers from the 68th Precinct of a Manhattan man who was later charged with criminal trespass. The NYPD Information Office confirmed that the 27-year old man was no stranger to trouble, with 19 prior arrests that included robbery and assault.

Russo was on surveillance duty guarding a Con Edison work site. His law enforcement “sixth sense” kicked in when he noticed the suspect from an unmarked car attempting to enter a Con Edison work vehicle.

“I not only work in this community, but I live here too,” said Russo. “It was clear to me that something was not right with this situation, so I called the police.”

Con Edison field employees are trained to contact law enforcement agencies if they perceive danger to themselves or to members of the public.

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