Corporal Decatur Thompson was chosen in January as Prince George's police Officer of the Month for police District III.
Stay tuned to Patch for features on all of January's Prince George's officers of the month.
Here's what the Prince George's Police Department said about Thompson:
Corporal Decatur Thompson was on routine patrol Dec. 7 when he stopped a suspicious person who repeatedly provided him with false information. Thompson arrested the suspect for making false statements.
But he also observed the suspect had several new car jacks and other new merchandise items. So Thompson requested that patrol officers check nearby auto parts stores for possible break-ins.
No break-ins were found initially. But later, detectives discovered an Auto Zone store that had been broken into through the roof—and it turned out that the items found on the suspect had been stolen from it.
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