Abington deputy chief, detective receive honor
With cheers and applause, Class III commendations were given to Abington Deputy Chief John Livingood and Detective Sgt. Steve Fink at the May 9 Abington commissioners meeting for spearheading a task force that resulted in the arrest of Derrick Carter, of Philadelphia, and his accomplices, for a series of burglaries in Philadelphia and Montgomery counties and Delaware last November.
Using sophisticated technology police monitored Carter without his knowledge, said Abington police Chief William Kelly. The case culminated after Carter committed a string of burglaries that extended from Lower Merion Township, to New Castle, Del., to Delaware County, Pa., to his home in the Tacony section of Philadelphia, Kelly said.
Police monitored Carter as he crashed his vehicle into his garage and as his girlfriend padlocked him inside the garage. Police were able to locate a bolt cuter to open the garage and found Carter hiding with the possession he had recently stolen, Kelly said.
Carter was charged with more than 30 burglaries and was roughly responsible for hundreds and hundreds of burglaries over the last couple of years, he said.
Livingood and Fink were honored for their “outstanding” leadership roles in the task force that brought to an end this crime trend in the region.
for recogniz- ing what was truly a team effort,” Livingood said. “It points out the fact that crime is no longer localized … but we have to attack it at a much wider range. Steve and I are accepting these awards, but it really is a credit to the way everybody pulled together including the Upper Dublin Police Department … and the state police. We absolutely could not have done this without them.”
Livingood and Fink were not the only ones from the police department who were honored. Commendations for retirement were bestowed to Officer John Matz after 32 years of service and Detective Syd Scarborough for 29 years of service. Civil Service Chairman Ed Nolan was honored for 20 years of volunteer service with the police department.