Police Officer Adam Nikolic
On the morning of August 6, 2015, Officer Nikolic responded to a convenience store for a citizen contact. When he arrived, he realized it was no mere citizen contact, but rather a serious crime had occurred. Officer Nikolic viewed the surveillance video, and after speaking to the witness and the victim, he confirmed a robbery had occurred. Based on his knowledge of the area, Officer Nikolic recognized one of the suspects as an affiliate of a local gang.
That suspect had stood as the lookout while an unknown subject approached the store employee, ordered him to open the cash register while holding a weapon. The employee, who has been intimidated multiple times in the past by the suspects, feared for his life and complied with their demands. The second suspect stole the money from the cash register, and both suspects fled the scene of the crime.
The victim and the witness told Officer Nikolic they would be able to identify the suspects if they saw them again. Officer Nikolic created a photo line-up, and they both positively identified the suspect who was the lookout. The employee also reported the suspects steal beer from the store on a regular basis, but he does not report it out of fear of retaliation.
Officer Nikolic confirmed the lookout suspect was on probation with search and seizure. Officer Nikolic, now determined, set out to find the suspect. He conducted an area check on the suspectís usual hangouts, and found him near Heideman School. Officer Nikolic made contact with him, and the suspect positively identified himself in the photograph printed from the surveillance video. Officer Nikolic arrested him without incident for robbery and conspiracy. Under Miranda, he made further incriminating statements, and was booked into Orange County Juvenile Hall. This suspect refused to identify his accomplice who is still on the loose.
Officer Nikolicís follow-up on this case had a direct impact on improving the quality of life for the convenience store employees, their patrons, and the citizens who reside in the area. The local gang members have been intimidating people in the neighborhood for quite a while, and at least now, one of them has been brought to justice thanks to Officer Nikolicís determination, intimate knowledge of the neighborhood bad guys, and his investigative skills. For this, Officer Adam Nikolic has been selected as the recipient of the Chamber of Commerce Officer of the Month award for August 2015. Congratulations Officer Nikolic!