For months the "Candy Man" -- wanted for more than 40 robberies -- teased the District police as he slipped in and out of downtown stores.

But he didn't figure on detectives Eddie J. Dailey, Vincent P. Tolson and Joel E. Davis. They placed silent alarms in stores they thought would be Candy Man's targets and, with help from other police, caught him with his hand in the till.

Candy Man is now in prison.

Dailey of Suitland, Tolson of Hyattsville and Davis of the District were among 16 law enforcement officers honored last week by the District U.S. Attorney's office.

One of those honored was Alexandria resident John R. Price. As an IRS agent, Price concentrates on criminal defendants accused of violating federal tax laws. His targets have included Linwood Gray, who was acquitted of drug trafficking charges but convicted of tax evasion.

Other persons honored were:

Detective Otis Fickling Jr. of Marlowe Heights, whose work led to a conviction in the slaying of Carl Lane, the owner of the York Haberdasher on Georgia Avenue NW.

FBI Special Agents Joseph F. Cottis and Warren M. Linscott, who supervised investigations of the General Services Administration, leading to convictions of 42 GSA employes and contractors.

District police Sgt. Reginald L. Smith, of Oxon Hill, who combed through thousands of documents to find evidence of a "bait-and-switch" operation by an area meat store owner.

D.C. police William E. Corboy, of the District, whose work last year resulted in 46 cases being brought to court.

U.S. Park Police Detective Alton B. Jones Jr., of Bowie. For a year and a half, Jones followed a case involving a series of rapes on the Mall, which ended in the conviction of one man for rape, robbery and assault.

District police officer Thomas Burse III of Camp Springs, who spent many hours checking the fingerprint card file for clues in the sexual assaults of 20 elderly women in Northwest Washington. Burse identified the assailant in three cases, and the man is now in prison.

District police officer Fred Thomas, of Bowie, who helped devise a system that now saves police time when they are called to court.

District homicide Detective Thomas J. Kilcullen, of Dunkirk, Md., who was honored for work that led to a conviction in a murder case.