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December 3, 2013

Police arrest Roseville bank robbery suspect

By Kevin Bunch
C & G Staff Writer

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A bank robber, believed by police to be a man named Daniel Stacy Galeener, robs the Fifth Third Bank in Roseville on Gratiot Avenue and Maryland Street Dec. 2 in this security photo.
A bank robber at the Fifth Third Bank on Gratiot Avenue in Roseville throws his bag onto the counter for tellers to fill with cash.
Police searched for this man, believed to be Daniel Stacy Galeener, in connection with a series of bank robberies. The image is from the Nov. 29 robbery of a Comerica Bank in Roseville.
 

A man was arrested and arraigned Dec. 3 for allegedly robbing a Fifth Third Bank on Gratiot Avenue and Maryland Street Dec. 2, and a Comerica Bank on Groesbeck Highway Nov. 29.

The Roseville Police Department arrested Daniel Stacy Galeener, formerly of West Branch, at the Eastland Motel in Eastpointe. A press release stated that detectives followed an acquaintance of his to the motel, and the detectives were able to surprise and arrest Galeener, 55, without incident. He was armed with a loaded handgun at the time, police said.

Galeener allegedly entered the Fifth Third Bank Dec. 2 and passed a note to the teller demanding money and stating that he had a gun. Galeener allegedly also showed tellers a blue steel revolver to ensure their compliance.

According to a police press release, investigators believe an anti-theft dye pack exploded with the stolen money in the parking lot, contaminating it, as the robber had left it behind. Police suspect that Galeener then robbed a FirstMerit Bank in Clinton Township, at Groesbeck and 15 Mile Road, at approximately 11:24 a.m. Clinton Township Police Capt. Richard Maierle said the robber got away with less than $1,000.

The Comerica Bank that was robbed Nov. 29 is in the 28000 block of Groesbeck, south of 12 Mile Road. No injuries were reported.

According to a press release from the Roseville Police Department, the robber allegedly entered the Comerica Bank around 11:30 a.m. before presenting a note to the bank teller. The robber, whom police believe was Galeener, displayed a handgun, and the teller complied with the demand for cash.

The robber then escaped with an unknown amount of cash, fleeing southbound in a dark gray Ford Fusion.

Deputy Chief Donald Glandon said the Roseville Police Department currently is investigating if the suspect is the same one who robbed a Flagstar Bank in Madison Heights Nov. 27.

“It hasn’t been confirmed if it’s the same guy or not, but it’s possible,” Glandon said. “We’re still working on that.”

Galeener faces two counts of armed robbery of a bank and felony firearm possession, following his arraignment in Roseville’s 39th District Court. While felony firearm carries a two-year penalty, bank robbery carries a maximum of life in prison.

During the arraignment, Roseville Police Detective Lt. Raymond Blarek said Galeener has been homeless for the past few weeks and that his criminal history included two counts of operating while under the influence between 1996 and 2002, as well as a couple arrests in the 1970s.

“That sounds pretty accurate,” Galeener said about Blarek’s summarization.

Blarek said police believe Galeener was involved in six, possibly seven bank robberies in all, and more arraignments could be possible.

Galeener pleaded not guilty and requested a court-appointed attorney. He has a preliminary exam scheduled for Dec. 11.

C & G Staff Writer Nick Mordowanec contributed to this report.

You can reach C & G Staff Writer Kevin Bunch at kbunch@candgnews.com or at (586)498-1030.