EAST ORANGE, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — Two East Orange Public Works employees are being recognized for helping to stop a criminal.

Khalil Oliviera and Syid Griggs both work in the public works department’s traffic division.

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East Orange officials say the two were performing their regular duties along North Harrison and Main Street last week when they heard a commotion. They then heard an elderly woman scream that someone had grabbed her purse.

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Oliviera and Griggs spotted the man and chased him. They were able to catch up to him and hold him until officers arrived.

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On Thursday, Mayor Ted R. Green and other city officials honored the men with Citizen Awards to recognize their brave actions.