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Public Safety Employee of the Month

Public Safety Employee of the Month


March 2014 - Detective Kristie Gruenwald

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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