Abing­ton deputy chief, de­tec­tive re­ceive honor

The Globe - - FRONT PAGE - By Jar­reau Free­man

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.

“Thank you


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.

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