Alleged bank robber’s court date being rescheduled
By Kevin Bunch
February 5, 2014
DETROIT — Daniel Stacy Galeener, the man accused of serial bank robbery, has had his preliminary exam date at the U.S. District Court in Detroit rescheduled after court personnel failed to produce him at his previous date Jan. 24.Galeener’s new court date was not set, as of press time. He had previously been arraigned at the 39th District Court in Roseville on seven charges for allegedly robbing at least seven banks in the region, but the Federal Bureau of Investigations took over the case, and it was bound over to the U.S. District Court in Detroit.
According to court documents, he is being charged with one count of bank robbery by force and one count of “violent crime/drugs/machine gun.”
In December, Roseville Police Chief James Berlin said the FBI takeover was because of the extent of Galeener’s alleged crimes.
“It’s because he’s (allegedly) a serial bank robber,” Berlin said. “He’s been charged, or will be charged, with at least seven counts, and there may be others that he’s involved in.”
Galeener was listed as a resident of West Branch, but it was noted during his 39th District Court arraignment Dec. 3 that he had been homeless for some time. He was being charged with robbing a Fifth Third Bank on Gratiot, a Comerica Bank on Groesbeck and at least two other banks in Clinton Township while armed.
At the time of his arrest outside of a motel in Eastpointe, he reportedly was armed with a loaded handgun. Armed bank robbery carries a maximum of a life sentence, if convicted. During his arraignment, Galeener had pleaded “not guilty” and requested a court-appointed attorney.
Jonathon Epstein is the assigned public defender for Galeener. He said that he is currently trying to resolve the case with the court.
“At present, we’re attempting to work the case out and resolve it,” Epstein said. “That’s what we’re doing at the present time.”
U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Michigan Information Officer Gina Balaya could not be reached for comment.
About the author
Staff Writer Kevin Bunch covers the communities of Eastpointe and Roseville, as well as Roseville Community Schools and East Detroit Public Schools. He has worked at C&G Newspapers since 2013, and is a graduate of Wayne State University and Henry Ford Community College. Kevin is also a 2015 Metcalf Institute for Marine & Environmental Reporting alumni.
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