Mosquito Squad Workers Help Stop Arlington 7-Eleven Theft

The men said they walked into a theft in progress during their lunch break

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    The Mosquito Squad apparently do more than protect D.C. from mosquitoes -- they protect convenience stores from crime, too. News4's Kristin Wright reports. (Published Thursday, Aug 7, 2014)

    The Mosquito Squad apparently do more than protect D.C. from mosquitoes -- they protect convenience stores from crime, too.

    Joseph Westbrook and Raymond Gamble from the pest control agency reportedly prevented a theft in progress at a 7-Eleven at the intersection of Lee Highway and North Edison Street during their lunch break Thursday.

    "[The thief] has got a big wad of money in his hand," Westbrook said. "The manager is looking frantic and then he's just like, 'Help!'"

    Police are investigating the incident and reviewing surveillance video, but Westbrook said he pushed the thief and ripped the wad of cash from his hand.

    He said it was the look in the manager's eye that made him want to jump in to help.

    "It was like he really needed it," Westbrook said. "I just felt like it was the right thing to do."

    The manager of the 7-Eleven declined News4's request for interview, but Westbrook said they shook hands out of gratitude.

    Gamble said he's proud of his partner, and called him a "stand-up guy."

    "He's a true superhero if I ever saw one," Gamble said.