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Village Administrator Thwarts Car Thief

Frank Quigley noticed something was awry, and sprinted into action.

Village Administrator Frank Quigley is a well-respected village official who has gained accolades for his work ethic and dedication to the village.

You can now add crime fighter to his list of accomplishments.

Quigley, while walking home after the fireworks on Saturday, saw a man attempting to break into a van in Field No. 23. Quigley confronted the man about what he was doing, and the subject fled. 

Quigley called the police while he chased the subject. The subject ran into backyards, and a perimeter was set up by responding police units. Cops searched through several backyards and spotted the subject, who then ran from police.

A foot pursuit followed and Police Officer Mike Willet apprehended the subject in Hickey Field, chasing the subject over a six-foot fence. A show-up was conducted and Quigley positively identified the subject.

Gregory P. Schroeder, 40, of Freeport, was arrested and charged with criminal mischief, attempted larceny, possession of burglars tools and criminal possession of a controlled substance. Schroeder is a parolee for burglary.

"I've lived in Rockville Centre my whole life, and this is a community of human beings and each one of us looks out for everyone else," Quigley said. "That's what holds any community together."

Police Commissioner Charles Gennario said Quigley did an outstanding job of putting out an excellent description out while in foot pursuit and notifying the police via his cell phone.

Quigley said he was only doing what he thought was right. "It's good for all of us, to be considerate and be aware and alert," he said. "We're helping our neighbors. If we see something that doesnt quite fit it, the best thing to do is call the police."

Ted David July 13, 2011 at 10:53 AM
Gutsy move by Quigley to confront this guy and again another great job by our police in apprehending an alleged troublemaker. Thank you Frank Quigley and thank you PO Willet!
Andrew P. Karamouzis July 13, 2011 at 01:34 PM
Way to go Frank! Great job PO Willet and RVC PD!
David Miller July 13, 2011 at 01:51 PM
Way to go. What team work. A few weeks back, there was a similar story. Joe Canty (lifelong resident ) saw someone stealing money from Saint Agnes. He was at 8 am mass. He confronted them. Then chased him, while calling police. The police were there in a flash. They caught him in the projects
pat July 13, 2011 at 04:29 PM
So why is the new mayor in such a hurry to give the Village Administrator's job to someone else - another campaign promise?
Interested Bystander July 13, 2011 at 08:35 PM
Maybe Frank is needed in the police department?
joan alves July 13, 2011 at 09:20 PM
is this the same quigley who was an ada in the dennis dillon adminstration?
Anthony Bottan (Editor) July 13, 2011 at 10:27 PM
Yes Joan. Same Quigley.
Ray July 14, 2011 at 03:29 AM
Pat - wasn't Mr. Quigley just reappointed? And playing devil's advocate here, while it's admirable that he helped stop a crime (kudos to you Mr. Quigley) what does it have to do with his ability to serve as Village Administrator?
Ted David July 14, 2011 at 03:45 AM
Quigley's role as crime stopper has nothing to do with his ability to serve as administrator. nothing to do with it... too much partisan politics here. Still, Frank did a great job as a citizen. Hats off to him for that.. Now can these posts take on a more constructive tone... IE what can we do for the Village to make it better? What needs to be done? How can we help the new administration get it done? Seems to me that is where we should be headed now, looking ahead, not back...building bridges not tearing each other down. There are legitimate questions that need to be asked of Mayor Murray and they should be asked. And I am sure he will answer them. But that can and should be done in a civil manner. Thank you.
Frank July 15, 2011 at 03:02 PM
We need more officers on the beat. Mayor Murray start swearing in some more officers. Ciminals know that "more eyes on the streets" results in a greater risk of arrest. Most criminals want to operate in the "land of milk and honey" with plenty of doe-eyed, unprotected marks, and no threats for miles. So create the hornet's nest and deter would be criminals. Increase the frequency and number of patrols per shift and install cameras in normally vacant areas like parking lots. People wake up! Wipe the cold out your eye! We got avalon bay, the Molloy dorms, and old mill. That alone requires a separate police force and swat team. We need more cops and cameras if we want Mayberry.
MMR July 16, 2011 at 04:01 AM
why do we need to swear in more officers? why not get the ones we have to patrol the streets more instead of hanging out in places like the recreation center parking lot. safest place around is the recreation lot because you can always find a police car or 2 hiding in the alley behind the building or resting in the parking lot.
Dave Kloven July 18, 2011 at 10:55 AM
"hanging out in places like the recreation center parking lot. safest place around is the recreation" I'm glad that they hang out there. Whats better than having a safe rec center? keeps the pervs from watching your kids playing ball or in the playground and the druggies from sitting on the benchs getting high. ... I dont have a problem with that

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