Police commander chases down suspect in theft


Baltimore police commanders are supposed to be on the streets as much as possible. But Maj. Robert Novak took that a step further yesterday afternoon when he ran four blocks to chase down a theft suspect.

Novak, 49, said he was driving by a rowhouse under construction in the 300 block of E. 30th St. when he heard a loud noise and saw a man running out the front door.

Novak, who was wearing his uniform, drove after the suspect and tried to cut him off, then jumped out of his unmarked car and started to chase him along Greenmount Avenue.

"I found him hiding under a porch," he said.

The suspect's name was not immediately released because he was in the process of being charged yesterday evening.

Novak, who is commander of the Northern District station, said the man allegedly had stolen a power saw and threw it at a construction worker when he was confronted.

"I can still run," said Novak, who will celebrate his 28th year on the force Thursday. "Not as good as I used to, but I can still run."

Pub Date: 5/12/98

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