Teen’s Would-Be ‘Kidnappers’ Turn Out To Be Plainclothes Lakewood Officers

A teen walking alone on Friday night thought two men were trying to kidnap him, but it turns out his would-be kidnappers were Lakewood’s plainclothes Street Crimes units, TLS has learned.

With a rash of burglaries reported in Lakewood over the Summer months, Police and LCSW stepped up patrols in the hard-hit neighborhoods during Shabbos, LCSW Director Shrage Pinter says.

At about 1:30 AM Shabbos morning, a teen walking on 14th Street noticed two men walking behind him, and thought they may be up to no good.

The teen reportedly ran to the closest home, a Frum household, and told the homeowner that he was being followed by possible kidnappers.

Not taking any chances, the homeowner phoned police to report the suspicious circumstance.

But moments later, the two ‘kidnappers’ – Lakewood’s plainclothes Street Crimes units – pulled their badges and displayed it to the worried pair.

It turns out the teen was being followed by police for being suspicous in the neighborhood. TLS.

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  1. Dear Scoop, I have to agree with number 5. This article was a bad idea. I know first hand the LPD is working very hard to catch the perpetrators of these burglaries and by letting them know the PD is doing these types of operations is obviously informing the public that something is being done, but it’s also informing the criminals. These guys need to be caught and I’m sure they will be informed of the tactics being employed to stop them.

  2. #6 the end result is the same they will not brake into homes knowing there are undercover officers around. Catching them is a non issue they end up back on the street in a couple of months

  3. let the wordget out that these undcover units are lurking mostly unseen and can pop up anywere.

    A few years ago i saw 2 very huge guys dressed totally in black (no not chasidish or yeshivish and no black hat) hovering between my cars looking down the street. I piped up as they looked like Goones and asked them if i could help them. Before i know it i was shown a badge and thanked them for there undercover work. They had been around for weeks and no one knew it.

    We need more of these guys to protect Lakewood and get rid of the gangs and drugs…

  4. Yea Lakewood Guy. You’re not supposed to know. That’s why they’re plain clothes. TLS did a fine job exposing them. But do the bad guys really take the time time to read the Scoop?
    And while we’re at it, maybe we should give a lot more respect to our LPD, they have a dangerous job.

  5. 5 and 6 make somewhat sense, but see number 6 y would sumone try and rob sum body else’s house in front of witnesses,so even if u don’t keep discrete about LPD crimes unit.its still likely that things like that would happen

  6. A few years back. I was fixing something on my car at 2:00 am. Suddenly out of nowhere two plain clothes guys approached me. As it turns out they where LPD!!
    LPD you guys are the best!!!

  7. I remember many years ago there was a rash of Yugerleit being harrassed on the way home from Davening in Yeshiva on Friday Nights. So a couple of cops got dressed up in suits and black hats and mingled with the Oilam leaving Yeshiva. People said Gut Shabbos to them and were met with blank stares. Then one of them lit up a cigarette… 🙂

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