Two Pacific police officers were commended at a recent board of aldermen meeting for their swift work in tracking down two suspects and recovering items stolen in a string of overnight car break-ins.

Sgt. Rodney Backus and Officer Harvey Nowak were called to a residence at 4 a.m. Feb. 3 when a resident went to his vehicle to leave for work and discovered that his car had been broken into.

A quick review of the area revealed that six other vehicles also had been broken into overnight.

“We get a lot of reports of items stolen from unlocked cars,” said Chief Matt Mansell. “But all these vehicles were broken into and damaged in the process.”

In talking with residents in the area, Backus and Nowak received a tip from one resident who had seen an individual he recognized walking in the neighborhood the evening before.

When they tracked the individual down he pointed to another individual, who not only admitted that he had participated in the string of thefts, but identified his accomplice and told officers where the stolen items could be found.

Officers recovered some 23 items, valued at more than $800.

“It looked like Radio Shack when they carried all the stuff in,” Mansell said.

Because both individuals admitted to the theft, the items were released and will be returned to their owners.

Police have not yet asked the Franklin County prosecutor to charge the individuals because they are awaiting the estimates of damage to the vehicles.

“There was quite a bit of damage,” Mansell said. “We need to know the cost to make repairs before we go to the prosecutor’s office.”

Speaking at the Feb. 18 board of aldermen meeting, Mansell commended the two officers for “good police work” in not only identifying the perpetrators, but recovering all of the stolen items.