Top Cop - October 2013 The Buena Park Police Department recognizes our officers monthly who go above and beyond the call of duty in their service to the community.



For the third time this year, supervisors have selected Officer Thomas Carney as the Department’s Top Cop -- this time for October 2013.

On the evening of September 29, 2013, Officer Carney located an unoccupied, unreported, stolen 1993 Honda Accord.  During his investigation, he learned from neighbors that this car had been at the location for only a short period of time.  He was also advised by Dispatch that they took a call from another neighbor who provided some information about a possible suspect and suspect vehicle description.

While patrolling adjacent neighborhoods until the wee hours of the morning, Officer Carney noticed a car that matched the description of the suspect vehicle that was provided earlier by Dispatch.  The suspect vehicle just happened to be parked very close to a 1991 Honda Accord that had a missing stereo and unlocked doors.  Officer Carney walked over and contacted the suspect inside the suspect vehicle.  During his contact, he located a stolen car battery and stereo, four shaved and altered vehicle keys, seven grams of methamphetamine and a glass pipe in the suspect’s vehicle.

While speaking with the suspect, he eventually admitted to stealing, or being involved in the theft of both the 1993 and 1991 Honda Accords and even provided more information on a second suspect and a third stolen vehicle, which Officer Carney later recovered in the City of Anaheim.  Officer Carney identified the second suspect as a parolee and requested that the District Attorney file charges of vehicle theft and possession of stolen property on this subject.

Officer Carney, is no stranger to stolen vehicles, but the complexities of this case, coupled with his ability to obtain a confession on the evidence at hand, and a third stolen vehicle the officer did not know about, is what make this an outstanding case.  The result of Officer Carney’s work lead to the District Attorney’s office charging seven felonies and three misdemeanors on the main suspect.

Officer Carney is a great example of what knowledge and perseverance can yield.