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Crete Police Detective Kiser Promotion

Crete Police Officer Robert Kiser was promoted to Detective, at the Village board meeting on Monday night.

“He’s been with the department for four years,” said Crete Police Chief Pieritz. “Productive and a great member of our department. As cases get more difficult, as we get busier, it’s been apparent that we needed another detective. I’m glad he’s coming aboard.”

Crete Police Officers Honored

Crete Police Deputy Chief Groszek (right) and Detective Lucia were recognized at a recent Chicago Police Department awards ceremony, for their part in an investigation that resulted in the apprehension of Chicago gang member, Clifford D. Stokes.

On November 5th and December 7th of 2019, individuals stole approximately $20,000 worth of tools from Shorewood Home and Auto in Crete, IL. When detectives later processed the scene, DNA evidence was recovered and linked to Mr. Stokes – a known gang member and dangerous criminal.

Through further investigation and collaboration with a Chicago Police Task Force, DC Groszek and Detective Lucia were able to obtain an arrest warrant for Mr. Stokes. On February 28 of 2020, officers from the Task Force located and attempted to apprehend Mr. Stokes on Crete’s warrant. After initially fleeing in a stolen vehicle, Mr. Stokes was captured by members of the Task Force.

“I’d like to thank the Chicago Gang Enforcement Team Area South-Unit 312 for their assistance,” Crete Police Chief Pieritz said.

Mr. Stokes was held in Cook County and subsequently transferred to the Will County Adult Detention Facility in Joliet. He later pleaded guilty to Class 2 burglary.

“We’re dedicated to public safety and will pursue any criminal in our jurisdiction,” Chef Pieritz said.

He added that it is rare for outside police departments to be invited to Chicago Police Awards ceremonies, and that they were very grateful for our assistance.

Crete PD vs FD – The Sandwich War

Cops Vs Firefighters – who has the best sandwich?

The Police Chief Frisco Melt vs the Fire Chief Dijon Burger. Available only from Wood’s Corner during the month of September. And at the end of the month, the sandwich with most sales wins the competition.

If cops win, the Fire Chief might be crossing guard for a day. If firefighters win, the Police Chief has to gear up and put out a fire.

Head down to Wood’s Corner and buy your favorite before the end of September. Located at 1403 Main St, Crete, IL 60417 · (708) 279-7934

Thank you to Barb Dorman for organizing the event. More details at:

Two new Crete Police Officers

Two new Crete Police Officers were sworn in at the Village board meeting on Monday evening.

John Iannucci and Nevin Lennett are the newest members of the Crete Police Department.

“This brings us to full staff of 21, for the first time in 5 years or longer,” Crete Police Chief Scott Pieritz said.

Officers Iannucci and Lennett are scheduled to start 14 weeks of training at the Macon County Law Enforcement Training Center on August 14. Three other Crete officers are currently attending police academy – one set to graduate about two weeks from now, the other two later next month.

“Once all of them graduate, they will enter a 12-week field training program at Crete PD. We won’t have them all fully trained and on street until March 2023,” Chief Pieritz said.

At that point, the total number of patrol officers will be 15, including detectives and school resource officers, four Sergeants, one Deputy Chief and one Chief.

Police Seeking Help Regarding Attempted Carjacking

Crete Police Chief Scott Pieritz released a statement Wednesday afternoon regarding an attempted carjacking incident in the Village.

“At approximately 3:00 a.m. this morning, officers were dispatched to the area of Brenner Court and Innsbruck Lane for a call of “shots fired.”,” the statement began.

Chief Pieritz says the victim told responding officers that after arriving home from work and sitting in their car, a tan or gold SUV pulled up behind and a black male suspect got out with a handgun and approached the victim in their vehicle.

“The victim placed their vehicle in reverse to get out of the area, and the suspect shot several rounds in their direction, striking their vehicle. The victim continued to drive in reverse, striking the suspect’s vehicle in the front passenger side. The victim fled the area in their vehicle and contacted the police,” Chief Pieritz said.

No injuries were reported and officers canvassed the area and collected evidence. Crete detectives are investigating the incident as attempted carjacking, and it appears so far to be an isolated incident.

Chief Pieritz is asking any witnesses, anyone with knowledge of a tan or gold SUV with damage corresponding to the episode, or residents who may have security footage of the incident, to contact Detective Lucia of the Crete Police Department.

Tips can be reported anonymously by phone or email: (708) 672-0912 or

Adam Groszek Promoted to Deputy Chief

Detective Sergeant Adam Groszek was promoted to Deputy Chief on Tuesday.

Deputy Chief Groszek joined Crete Police Department as an officer in 2006. He was promoted to sergeant in 2017, and graduated from Northwestern School of Police Staff and Command last year.

Crete Police Chief Pieritz describes Deputy Chief Groszek as a well-organized, motivated and tech-savvy investigator:

“Using those skills, Deputy Chief Groszek has cleared several high-profile cases in his career, including working with the ATF to solve armed robberies in the Chicago Southland, recover stolen firearms and vehicles, and bringing justice to individuals involved in crimes against children,” Chief Pieritz said.

Chief Pieritz says he believes Deputy Chief Groszek’s training and experience will benefit the community, and help move the department forward.

Crete PD Assist U.S. Marshals Service

Crete Police Department assisted the U.S. Marshals Service and the Illinois Department of Corrections with an arrest yesterday.

“The U.S. Marshals Service requested our assistance in detaining an individual who was wanted for a parole violation,” Crete Police Chief Pieritz said.

Early Tuesday morning, a large group of law enforcement officers located the individual in the area of Vincennes and Division St.

“Officers located and arrested the subject without incident,” Chief Pieritz said, adding that “Crete Police Department is always happy to assist our law enforcement partners when possible.”

Dale Nelson Honored

Retired Crete Police and Fire Commissioner, Dale Nelson, was honored at the Village board meeting on Monday night.

“I want to thank you for your service to the Village,” Crete Police Chief, Scott Pieritz said. “I know it can be a thankless job with long hours and no compensation, so I want to thank you for your work.”

Mr. Nelson served as a Crete Police and Fire Commissioner for 20 years and was involved in the hiring of the current chief of police. Mr. Nelson’s family and friends, as well as a few officers, were present to wish him well.

New Crete Police Officer

Swearing in of new Crete Police Officer Richard Elza on Monday night, by Village Clerk Deborah S. Bachert. Officer Elza is a lateral hire from Steger Police Department, with 15 years of policing experience.

Swearing in of new Crete Police Officer Richard Elza on Monday night, by Village Clerk Deborah S. Bachert. Officer Elza is a lateral hire from Steger Police Department, with 15 years of policing experience.

Posted by Village of Crete on Tuesday, March 9, 2021

New Crete Police Officer

Donald Krenner was sworn in as a Crete police officer this afternoon at Village Hall. Officer Krenner brings 12-years of experience from the Oak Brook Police Department where he worked as a detective.

“Lateral officers already have academy training, bring lots of experience and can get back on the road quickly,” Crete Police Chief Scott Pieritz said.

Officer Krenner is scheduled to start tomorrow, working with field training supervisor Sgt. Walz.

Welcome to Crete, Officer Krenner!

New Intern at Crete PD

Crete Police Department will welcome its first intern this Friday.

23-year-old Joshua Hafner of Arizona is currently a student at Olivet Nazarene University in Bourbonnais and, starting February 19, will be spending Fridays and Saturdays with the Crete PD.

“Olivet Nazarene University (ONU) contacted us and asked if we would be interested in doing an internship program,” says Crete Chief of Police Scott Pieritz. “ONU has a great, progressive criminal justice program rooted in a moral foundation. It’s something I always wanted our department to be involved in, so we were happy to help out.”

According to Chief Pieritz, Mr. Hafner will rotate around the department, participate in ‘ride-alongs’, work with detectives, and visit the Laraway Communications Center dispatch in Joliet.

“We feel it is a good opportunity to help future law enforcement recruits get an understanding of police work and everything involved with serving the community,” Chief Pieritz adds.

Mr. Hafner will be an intern with the Crete Police Department Fridays and Saturdays, 8am-4pm, until the end of this semester (April), and Chief Pieritz is open to have more interns join the department in the future.

“I had a great internship experience with the Kankakee Police Department many years ago. It left a big impression on me and cemented my dedication to a profession in law enforcement. I would like our department to offer students that same opportunity to observe police work, and to pass on our experiences, knowledge, and perspectives to the next generation of peace officers.”