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Greenwich Officer Honored for Robbery Arrest

GREENWICH, Conn. – Greenwich Police Officer Charles Eible has been honored as Officer of the Month for catching a man accused of robbing a Greenwich gas station on Dec. 8.

“Although many officers from the patrol and detective division would participate in this investigation, Officer Eible’s initial stop was instrumental in the quick apprehension of the suspect and successful conclusion to a serious crime,” Chief James Heavey said.

The robber, wearing a fedora and 3-D glasses, walked into the Mobil station at 623 W. Putnam Ave. with a silver and black handgun and demanded cash from the register. The clerk told the robber he would get in trouble if he gave him the money. The gunman then demanded $200. When the clerk took too long, he asked for only $60 and left.

The holdupman reportedly told the clerk, “I have to go. I really need the money. My son is sick in the hospital.” Lt. Kraig Gray, spokesman for the Greenwich Police Department, said the suspect, Michael Rinello, 34, of 30 Windy Knolls Drive in Greenwich, does not have a son.

The robber's description was broadcast to all Greenwich officers. Later that night, Eible was on an unrelated investigation when he saw a man matching the description of the robber. Eible detained the man. His clothing and toy gun were found nearby, along with hypodermic needles and the money taken in the robbery.

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