Officers of the Month honored in 15th Police District

Local heroes: Police Officers Anthony Manes and Matt Nodiff were named Officers of the Month. They are pictured with Capt. Anthony Luca. PHOTO: 15TH POLICE DISTRICT

Police Officers Anthony Manes and Matt Nodiff had a nose for illegal guns in March. During the month, the duo seized five guns while making a combined eight major crime arrests in the 15th district.

In recognition for their job performance, Manes and Nodiff were recently named Officers of the Month in the 15th.

Their string of notable arrests began on March 1 when Nodiff spotted a man suspected of pointing a gun at five girls on the 5100 block of Saul St. Nodiff stopped the suspect as he got into a car and recovered the gun.

On March 10, Manes and Nodiff helped Northeast Detectives in capturing two suspects in a series of commercial robberies, including one bank heist. The arrests occurred outside the Hub Motel at 7605 Roosevelt Blvd., where officers recovered money stolen from the bank.

On March 16, the officers heard numerous gunshots while on patrol and saw a man running with a gun in hand. They chased him on foot and captured him with a gun. Detectives later determined that he had fired 17 shots. Police did not specify the location. No injuries were reported.

On March 22 on the 2900 block of Cottman Ave., the officers spotted a man who was wanted for a prior shooting. They stopped the man and determined that he had hidden a gun in a sewer near the Mayfair Community Center.

One day later, Manes and Nodiff responded to a home invasion robbery, arrested the suspect fleeing the scene and recovered two handguns.

On March 24, the officers spotted four men on the 7400 block of Rowland Ave. shortly after they allegedly took part in a robbery in Pennypack Park. The victim later identified the four as the culprits. Manes and Nodiff recovered the victim’s stolen property. ••

— William Kenny