March 2014 - Detective Kristie Gruenwald
Detective Kristie Gruenwald
Detective Kristie Gruenwald was nominated by Detective Sergeant Scott Baetens and Detective Jerry Stempien for her outstanding investigative work on two high profile cases in the month of March, which resulted in two arrests and major cases being closed.
On March 1, 2014 a suspect reportedly entered the Rite Aid Pharmacy and handed the cashier a note demanding multiple prepaid gift cards be electronically loaded. The note stated that if his wishes were followed no one would die. After the cashier loaded ten to twelve gift cards with an undisclosed amount, the suspect fled the area on foot. Detective Gruenwald’s investigation revealed the Rite Aid cashier who reported the incident actually used the stolen gift cards from the alleged robbery to buy alcohol days after the incident was reported. A search warrant was executed at the cashier's home where the stolen gift cards were located. The cashier eventually confessed to the incident and he was charged with felony embezzlement and filing a false felony police report.
The second case involved a robbery at the Charter One Bank on February 19, 2014 when a lone suspect entered the bank and presented a note demanding money. Detective Gruenwald submitted the demand note to the Michigan State Police, Forensic Laboratory for analysis. A latent print returning to a suspect who lived near the bank was found on the note. Based on the information, a search warrant was executed at the suspects Novi residence. Numerous pieces of clothing were recovered that were worn during the robbery. The suspect fled to the City of Saginaw and Detective Gruenwald worked diligently with the Michigan State Police Fugitive Apprehension Team to locate and arrest the suspect. The suspect gave a full confession and was charged with felony armed robbery and felony bank robbery.
Detective Gruenwald’s relentless follow up and assessment of each incident resulted in both suspects being charged with multiple felonies. Director of Public Safety / Chief of Police David E. Molloy commented “Kristie’s diligent work serves to benefit the department and the citizens of our community. It is with great pride I join the other members of the Novi Public Safety Team, and the Novi community in recognizing her outstanding work.”
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