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January 31, 2010

Penn. cop's keen eyes lead to arrest

Officer saw, followed masked passenger in car

Eastern Express-Times

STROUD TWP., Penn. — An observant police officer noticed a passer-by wearing a mask immediately before the man robbed a convenience store, police say.

Eric Anthony Florio, of Bangor, was a passenger in a car that drove by Stroud Area Regional Police officer David Singer about 7:25 p.m. Wednesday on Route 611, police say.

Expert Perspective

Officer David Stinger’s arrest of two men involved in an armed robbery is an excellent illustration of how staying aware of your surroundings at all times can pay off. In this case, as he stayed alert to passing traffic he noticed that the passenger of a passing car was wearing a mask. Red flag! A really, really bright one…

There’s another technique we like to call the No-Look Rule that can be highly effective at spotting potential trouble while monitoring passing vehicles. The premise of the strategy is based on the belief that the vast majority of everyday people who end up next to you at a light or who you drive by on the street will naturally glance over in your direction. The No-Look Rule is based on staying alert for someone who very clearly will NOT look in your direction. Their eyes stay laser-focused forward, regardless of how obvious you make it that you’re there. It’s as though they believe that if they don’t look in your direction, they’ll be invisible to you. Conversely, they believe that if they DO look in your direction, you’ll immediately know about all the things bad things they’ve done.

Read more: Remember the 'no-look rule' to spot trouble

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