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Bay County siblings recognized for returning $1,000 stolen from bank

Elisabeth and Aiden Kunz were recognized for turning in $1,000 they found alongside the road....
Elisabeth and Aiden Kunz were recognized for turning in $1,000 they found alongside the road. It had been stolen from the Fifth Third Bank in Bangor Township.(source: Bay County Sheriff's Office)
Published: Mar. 18, 2021 at 1:39 PM EDT
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BAY COUNTY, Mich. (WJRT) - A brother and sister from Bay County received recognition from police on Wednesday for returning $1,000 in cash stolen from a bank.

Elisabeth and Aiden Kunz were exercising for their virtual school gym class and picking up trash on Jan. 25 when they located a chip bank with $1,000 in cash. They immediately reported the discovery to their parents, who called the Bay County Sheriff’s Office to turn it in.

Investigators later discovered the cash had been stolen during a Jan. 22 robbery at the Fifth Third Bank branch in Bangor Township.

Police say Shane Gillette went to the drive-through and passed a note through the pneumatic tube demanding money. The teller sent him an undisclosed amount of money through the tube and he drove off.

A Pennsylvania State Police trooper pulled over Gillette for a driving violation and investigators say he eventually admitted to robbing the Fifth Third Bank branch.

On Wednesday, 14-year-old Elisabeth and 12-year-old Aiden Kunz received a Certificate of Recognition from Bay County Sheriff Troy Cunningham for turning in the stolen money. They also received a gift certificate from JoJo’s Refresh Shop, new bicycles from Walmart, a gift card to buy bicycle safety equipment and sheriff’s office swag.

Cunningham said the siblings are great role models for everyone and he thanked them for their honesty and integrity.

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