A 16-year New Canaan Police veteran has earned one of the department’s highest honors, Chief Leon Krolikowski said Thursday. Officer Rex Sprosta, a U.S. Marines veteran hired by NCPD in October 2004 is winner of the 2020 Lt. Stephen W. Wood Officer of the Year Award. Created in 2014 and first earned by Wood’s own son-in-law, the award is designed to “honor and memorialize a beloved member of our department,” Krolikowski said in a a press release. A U.S. Marine veteran himself, Wood served the town from 1977 to 2009 and “was taken from us far too young,” Krolikowski said. “Nomination and selection for this award is the result of exceptional work, integrity, and overall service to our Town and Department,” the chief said in the press release.
Police Chief Leon Krolikowski shared the following letters of appreciation for New Canaan Police Department officers and staff at the Jan. 15 Police Commission meeting. ***
Leon Krolikowski and the New Canaan Police Department
“Just a quick note to let you know that your work and that the officers in the department are most appreciated and do not go unnoticed. I was thinking especially of the first responders from Tuesday’s terrible situation on North Wilton Road. My grandfather was a police officer in Rye, as I think I’ve told you in the past.
Two New Canaan Police officers on Thursday morning put their own lives at risk to save a motorist who suffered severe burns after a crash, officials said. At about 9 a.m., police were dispatched to Rosebrook Road on a report of a vehicle on fire, according to Chief Leon Krolikowski. There, they found a vehicle off the road and fully engulfed in flames, Krolikowski said in a press release. Two of the arriving officers, Sgt. Peter Condos and Officer Tom Patten, ran down the embankment to the fully engulfed vehicle and found the motorist nearby.
Police on Monday arrested the district’s former director of food services by warrant in connection with the widely publicized theft of hundreds of thousands of dollars from two public school cafeterias. Bruce Gluck, 61, of Middletown Springs, Vt., was charged with first-degree larceny-defrauding a public community, conspiracy to commit first-degree larceny and tampering with physical evidence.
The arrest comes nine months after two sisters who ran food services at Saxe Middle School and New Canaan High School each were charged with felony larceny in connection with the theft of nearly $500,000 from the school cafeterias between 2012 and 2017. An attorney for one of the sisters in the wake his client’s arrest pointed a finger at Gluck, saying the former food services director may have been involved in a fraud. According to a press release issued Wednesday by Lt. Jason Ferraro, the New Canaan Police Department’s public information officer, the investigation that police had launched in December 2017 when district officials first notified authorities about “financial discrepancies” discovered “with the handling of cash” at the cafeterias has continued.
“Further examination of bank and other records, as well statements gathered in the first phase of the investigation, identified Food Services Director Bruce Gluck as another suspect,” Ferraro said in the press release. “Among other findings, banking records showed that Gluck made large cash deposits during the theft timeframe.