Deputy, citizen honored for helping to catch Gates car thief
Rochester, N.Y. (WHAM) - The quick thinking of a woman who helped police capture a man suspected of stealing a car was recognized by law enforcement officers in Rochester Thursday.
Christy Miller was scrolling through Facebook last month when she saw video of a car being stolen at a gas station in Gates.
Little did Miller know that she would help solve the crime later that day.
"I feel as a citizen you should always help," Miller said at a ceremony in her honor Thursday.
It was March 30 when Miller saw the video. She took a screenshot of the license plate on her phone.
Later that day, she was running errands in Henrietta when she saw something familiar.
"I happened to see the vehicle when I was out and about and called it in and the cops ended up getting him so that's good," Miller said.
Monroe County Sheriff Deputy Matthew McBride responded to that call in Henrietta at the Home Depot on Jefferson Road.
"As I approached, the vehicle backed up aggressively, it just nicked my elbow with his car," Deputy McBride said. "He fled through the parking lot, down a hill."
Deputies and State Police were able to track the suspect to the Continental School of Beauty. That is where McBride took 29-year-old Kevin Simpson into custody after deputies found him hiding in a utility closet.
On Thursday, Miller and McBride were recognized with certificates of appreciation from the Monroe County Sheriff's Office.
McBride said Miller's help was critical in making that arrest.
"Citizens that care and want to be involved in the community, they are our second eyes and ears," McBride said.
"It's one way that a community is going to get better and stronger; the more help the better," Miller added.