Cedar Springs Police Department

Subway manager staged robbery

April 28, 2011 // 0 Comments

by JUDY REED It appears that the armed robbery of the Cedar Springs Subway on 17 Mile Road two weeks ago was an inside job. According to the Cedar Springs Police Department (CSPD), daytime manager Kristin Joy Fredrickson, 35, of Solon Township, the alleged victim of the robbery, admitted to police she was involved and that she had another employee and former employee assist her. Cedar Springs Police responded to an armed robbery call at the Subway, located at 4116 17 Mile Road, at 8:22 a.m., April 12. Fredrickson, the day shift manager, reported that a masked man entered through the rear door soon after she arrived to open the business and robbed her at gunpoint. He then fled to a vehicle parked to the east at a neighboring business. Witnesses reported seeing a man running to this vehicle and getting into the passenger side door. The vehicle then fled eastbound at a high rate of speed. Cedar Springs Police Chief Roger Parent said that they looked at all possible ways this crime could have occurred, and it appeared from the very first day that it could have been staged. He said that within days the investigation turned from interviewing the “victim,” who was the on-duty daytime manager at the business, to an investigation suspecting her of being involved. “We asked detectives from the Kent County Sheriff’s Department (KCSD) to look over our evidence and they agreed,” said Parent. “Detective Sgt. Jack Smith [KCSD] and Detective Jason Kelley [KCSD north sub-station] along with Sgt. Good [CSPD] continued with the investigation.”

Kids invited to join local officers in evening of fun, food

February 3, 2011 // 0 Comments

by ELDON KORSON  On Friday, Feb. 4, the Rockford, Cedar Springs and Sparta police departments and the Kent County Sheriff’s Department will be holding a youth lock-in at the MVP Athletic Club located at 515 East Division Street in Rockford. For $6 paid at the door, middle school kids in grades six through eight will be able to eat unlimited pizza and use all facilities, except exercise equipment, from 8:00 to 11:00 p.m. According to Sergeant Mike Miller of the Rockford Police Department, open activities include “Dodgeball—officers against the kids—flag football… basketball, volleyball… all kinds of events that we do, and it’s pizza and an overall good time to hang out and get to know people.” The deep-rooted fun in winning against adults—and authorities at that—is intended to decrease fear of speaking to officers and to encourage fun without drugs or other unhealthy acts. “We want to do it to get more involved with the middle school kids and have them interact more with different police officers more on a person-to-person basis, rather than dealing with them out on the street—just trying to get in there and interact and play,” said Miller.