Off-Duty Cop, Neighbor Honored For Thwarting Burglary

 Pictured above, from left: Julie Albernas, Muttontown police commissioner and trustee; Phillip Pulaski, Muttontown chief of police; Julianne Wesley Beckerman, Village of Muttontown mayor; Kristopher Kozlowski, Muttontown police officer; Nassau Executive Edward Mangano; Michael Frisone, of Bethpage; Patrick Ryder, Nassau County Police Department deputy commissioner.

Pictured above, from left: Julie Albernas, Muttontown police commissioner and trustee; Phillip Pulaski, Muttontown chief of police; Julianne Wesley Beckerman, Village of Muttontown mayor; Kristopher Kozlowski, Muttontown police officer; Nassau Executive Edward Mangano; Michael Frisone, of Bethpage; Patrick Ryder, Nassau County Police Department deputy commissioner.

Kristopher Kozlowski, an off duty Muttontown police officer, and his neighbor, Michael Frisone, both Bethpage residents, was recently honored for their efforts to stop a burglary in progress late last year.

Nassau Executive Edward Mangano honored both men and presented them with citations for their commendable actions last week at the Nassau County Police Academy in Massapequa Park.

On December 27, 2016, shortly after 12 noon, Kozlowski was off duty at his home when his wife, Sarah, mentioned a suspicious person in the neighborhood. He went out to search the area, and found the defendant allegedly about to smash a neighbor’s window with a cinderblock in order to gain entry to the home. Kozlowski stopped the defendant and held him with the assistance of Frisone until NCPD officers arrived. The defendant was arrested and upon further investigation was determined to have been responsible for three additional burglaries.