A 50-year-old robbery suspect was arrested inside a Richmond liquor store on Sunday after a retired cop recognized him from her days on the beat and coordinated a police response.
Debbie Noonen, who worked for the RPD for more than two decades, continues to make Richmond safer by monitoring the police department’s CCTV surveillance cameras, which are aimed at high-crime locations in the city, police Lt. Andre Hill said Tuesday.
As Noonen monitored the system about 5:20 p.m. Sunday, she spotted a man known to police, 50-year-old Romell Post of Richmond, walking into Brothers Liquor and Market at 3717 Wall St., Hill said.
Noonen not only remembered Post from her days on the job, she was aware of a police bulletin that identified him as a suspect in a recent robbery, Hill said.
Noonen “coordinated the response,” Hill said.
Post was arrested in the liquor store without incident.
Law enforcement experts say the CCTV monitoring has led to swift police responses to criminal activity and wanted individuals. The practice of hiring retired police veterans to do the job has been successful, Hill said.
“Not only can they recognize when crimes are occurring, but in some cases they remember the old-time crooks from the days they worked,” Hill said.
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