Faces of New Canaan: Grayson Cordes

Many locals will know Grayson Cordes, a 2011 New Canaan High School graduate, as the manager at Walgreens on Pine Street (he’s been there six years) who recently was honored by the New Canaan Police Department for his vigilance in the store, which helped authorities nab a fraud ring that had come into town. We at NewCanaanite.com first heard from Grayson—out of the blue—back in August, following the first report of a “reptile” sighting at Mill Pond that local police suspected was an alligator turtle (something like that would turn up about a month later on East Avenue). Grayson let us know that he’d seen the story of the reptile and that, soon after, a man came into Walgreens with what appeared to be a small alligator turtle and spoke to him for 20 minutes or so about the creature. More than that, Grayson had the man’s information and photos of the reptile. The NCPD issued its “Civilian Service Award” to him shortly after and Grayson reached out about the possibility of contributing to NewCanaanite.com—something we talk about in our conversation (transcribed in full below, for this our latest installment of Faces of New Canaan) and hope soon to showcase.

NCHS Grad Earns ‘Civilian Service Award’ from New Canaan Police

Police on Wednesday recognized a New Canaan High School graduate whose powers of observation and quick actions led to the arrest of three South Carolinians in July who had been trying to commit fraud at Walgreens downtown. That’s where Grayson Cordes works as a manager, and he was “alert enough to notice something suspicious going on and called us,” Police Chief Leon Krolikowski said has he presented Cordes with the Civilian Service Award. “We investigated and determined that these folks from South Carolina had come up here to commit a fraudulent gift card larceny. And in fact, they had done similar schemes in Pennsylvania and New Jersey and up to New Canaan, and we caught them. Thanks to Grayson, thanks to our officers and we need more people like this to watch and alert us to things so that we can catch these people that come to commit crimes in New Canaan.