On Friday off-duty Greenwich Police Officer Matt Swift observed a man, later identified as Pedro Reyes, 30, of Bronx NY, attempting to engage a group of young females in conversation in a parking lot near Sound Beach Avenue.
Police say Officer Swift noticed Reyes’ questioning and behavior startled the females, who were visibly uncomfortable with Reyes.
Officer Swift then spotted Reyes get in a Mercedes Benz and head West on East Putnum Avenue. He contacted headquarters and Reyes’ vehicle came back as reported stolen out of New York City.
Marked units were detailed to the area. Meanwhile Officer Swift, who was in his personal vehicle, followed Reyes until the marked units were nearby.
Reyes abruptly made a u-turn in the intersection of East Putnam Avenue and Riverside Lane, but Officer Swift was able to position his vehicle in a manner that slowed Reyes from completing the turn.
The marked units were able to get behind Reyes and conduct a motor vehicle stop.
Reyes was taken into custody quickly without incident. He was subsequently arrested for Larceny 2, in addition to other motor vehicle charges.
Police say Reyes has a lengthy criminal history involving weapon related offenses and vehicle theft. He was unable to post bond and as of Friday remained in Greenwich police custody.
Greenwich Police reminded residents that crime is unpredictable and can happen at a moment’s notice.
“Great job to the Officers involved for keeping this incident from escalating,” Police said in a post on Facebook. “Outstanding job to Officer Matt Swift. His service, diligence, and dedication to duty while off-duty is a great example of the character of a Greenwich Police officer.”