From the Daily News:
A Verizon worker helped cops catch a man who stole his company van in Queens - chasing him down and using the suspect's abandoned cell phone to get him arrested.
Alphur Willock, 38, was driving on Northern Blvd. about 8:30 a.m. Wednesday when a warning light flashed on the dashboard showing the back door wasn't closed. He pulled over, got out of the van to check on the door and then stared in amazement as the vehicle started rolling away.
Willock sprinted down the middle of the road near Parsons Blvd. and reached the van as it was stopped at a red light less than a block away. "I open up the door, and this guy is there, changing the radio station," he said. "I grabbed him by the collar and pulled him out."
The two scuffled, but the suspect, identified by cops as Andrew Scudiero, 48, slipped away. He ran into a nearby Staples store, and Willock chased him. Scudiero got away - but not for long.
The Verizon technician found the suspect's cell phone in the van and took it to the 109th Precinct stationhouse in Flushing. Detectives punched in his recently dialed numbers, which led them to his father's office. That's where cops made the arrest.