Det. Carlos Franco cited as Greenwich “Officer of the Month”

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GREENWICH — Det. Carlos Franco was cited as the Greenwich Police Department’s “Officer of the Month” in May for his part apprehending an alleged jewelry-store robber.

Police were called to a jewelry store the in the Byram section of town on March 18, where a masked gunman smashed open a case of merchandise and make off with valuables. Franco was credited with gaining information on the getaway car, which led to a suspect in the case, according to police.

Thomas Liberatore , 62, a career criminal with a lengthy arrest record who had ties to Stamford and Yonkers, N.Y., was eventually arrested by federal agents, with Greenwich police officers taking part, March 30.

Police Chief James Heavey said of the outcome, “This arrest and excellent investigative effort clearly demonstrated Det. Franco’s dedication to duty and superior job knowledge.” Law-enforcement officials said Liberatore also took part in a robbery-homicide in Stamford, with Robert Rallo, 56, of Brooklyn, Paul “Tony Pro” Prosano, 59, also of Brooklyn. Police said he was part of a team of three gunmen who committed a robbery in Stamford March 28 that killed store owner Mark Vuono.

Each defendant has an extensive criminal history and the three men met while serving sentences within the New York State Department of Corrections, authorities have said.

Franco served previously as a school resource officer in the Greenwich public schools.

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