This incident occurred today:
Hi, I attended the COMET meeting and Capt. Cody said to call 911 if we saw scrap collectors. I was walking today at 71 street and 51st Ave at 12 noon and saw two guys looking into and going into yards looking for metal. I called 911 and explained what Capt. Cody said and they said call 311 which I did. They were two males I think Hispanic-light skinned about 30 pushing a shopping cart. On 57 Ave they cut the copper wires off the pole and removed the metal plates from the ground leaving a dangerous hazard.
Contrary to what 911 said when the complainants called - these are both 911 jobs. If you recall, 911 told the complaint who called about the pervert to call the precinct. If you see a crime in progress, or the crime occurred less than 3 minutes in the past - it is a 911 job. If an operator gives you a hard time, hang up and call back - hopefully you'll get an operator that knows what they're doing. If not, demand to speak to a supervisor! Try to provide as much info as possible, i.e. description of person, car, plate #, etc.