Palmer Twp. detective honored for work on violent robbery spree
A veteran Palmer Township detective has been honored for his work in helping solve a violent crime spree linked to cellphone stores.
Detective James Taylor received the Nathan Ogden award at a ceremony Wednesday at Northampton County’s 911 center. Each year, the award is presented to a law enforcement officer for exemplary service.
Taylor is credited with helping solve the case that led to two murder convictions earlier this year. Michael E. Davis was gunned down in 2016 in front of his home by two men who hoped to abduct him to rob the Verizon Wireless store where he worked.
Those men, Gregory Lewis Jr. and Vaughn Felix, both received life prison sentences in June. The crime spree included several armed robberies where clerks were bound as Lewis and Felix loaded bags with thousands of dollars worth of stolen cellphones and other devices.
Authorities say Taylor, who has worked for Palmer Township for 20 years, worked “tirelessly” on that case and related robberies.
“He followed lead after lead, no matter where, securing the necessary evidence to bring the parties responsible to justice for this horrific crime,” according to a news release.
The award is named after Deputy Sheriff Nathan Ogden, who was killed in the line of duty in 1771 while trying to serve an arrest warrant.
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Palmer Township police Detective James Taylor was honored for his work in helping solve a crime spree connected to cellphone store robberies.