Officers Bradley Webb and Mark Hamilton
The award is given by The Southeast Chapter of the International Association of Auto Theft Investigators and Lojack. Nominations are received from Maryland/DC to Florida and the winner is decided after all nominations are reviewed and after a vote.
On January 3, 2016, Officers M. Hamilton and B. Webb were conducting a crime patrol in the 7-Eleven shopping center at 4400 Portsmouth Bl. While there, Officer Hamilton received a LoJack alert for a stolen vehicle. The signal showed the vehicle was moving towards I-664. Both units attempted to follow the signal but lost it on I-664. Upon running the Reply Code through dispatch the description of the vehicle, a Black Dodge Nitro was provided. This vehicle was stolen at gunpoint in Suffix, VA. They conducted a wide perimeter sweep and were able to re-acquire the LoJack signal and tracked the vehicle to the 4300 Blk of Portsmouth Bl in the Shell Gas station parking lot.
As the officers began to coordinate and close in on the suspect vehicle, it began to leave immediately followed by the officers. Officers M. Hamilton, B. and Webb chose to conduct the traffic stop as the vehicle entered the on ramp to I-664, which minimized any dangers to other citizens. A felony stop was conducted by the officers and four suspects were taken into custody without incident.
Two of the suspects were known to be car thieves. During interviews, it was determined that these subjects needed gas for the vehicle but didn’t have enough money. They were in the 7-Eleven parking lot looking for someone to rob for the gas money.
Their plans for the robbery were foiled when the officers were observed in the shopping center.
Due to these officers commitment to the department’s crime prevention plan, violent offenders were apprehended and a serious crime was avoided