31 May
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Detective Jeremiah Motz

In March of 2016, Detective Motz received a stolen bicycle report from the Downtown area. Determined to solve the crime, he interviewed the victim and collected evidence. His investigative efforts provided a tenuous lead on a potential suspect. However, digging further, he realized that this case was connected to a series of cases with several victims. As he collected additional details, Detective Motz reached out to a nearby homeowner’s association and to downtown apartment complex leasing agents, who contacted their residents with details about the crime. He discovered additional victims who had previously been unaware that their property was stolen. In addition to the original victim’s property, Detective Motz was able to recover approximately $9,000 worth of stolen bicycles, representing twenty-three different cases. By May, he secured sixty charges against the three suspects who committed the crimes.

​Also in May, Detective Motz was assigned a case involving vandalism to a piece of expensive public art located at the West End Market. Detective Motz was diligent in his efforts, quickly making two arrests and recovering, undamaged, two pieces stolen from the Chihuly sculpture that were valued at $10,000.

The Greenville Police Department appreciates the conscientiousness shown by Detective Jeremiah Motz, and the excellence demonstrated by his commitment to our mission: To prevent crime, promote safety and enhance the quality of life for our residents, workers, and visitors.

Cpl. Motz is also a proud Marine Corps veteran and a member of the GPD SWAT team.