Flint man charged in string of larcenies

FLINT TWP. — The Genesee County Prosecutor’s Office has charged Martin Evell Smith, 54, of Flint, with three counts in connection with a string of vehicle larcenies throughout Flint Township.

Flint Township Police said the break-ins occurred while vehicles were parked at businesses and restaurants. After viewing surveillance video at several businesses, detectives began surveillance on Smith and arrested him April 3 at his residence in the 1900 block of West Hobson Avenue. At the time of his arrest, numerous stolen power tools and hand tools were found in his vehicle.

A search warrant was obtained for the home, and detectives recovered hundreds of items believed to have been stolen over a time period that spanned several years. The items included purses, backpacks, gym bags, power tools, hand tools, lawn mowers, snow blowers, leaf blowers, GPS units, golf clubs and cell phones.

Smith has been charged with receiving and concealing stolen property of $1,000 to $20,000, breaking and entering a vehicle to steal property of $1,000 to $20,000 and ammunition possession by a felon.

Police have identified several larceny victims and are seeking other victims. Police said that during these incidents, the suspect drove a black GMC Sierra crew cab with black rims, tinted windows and a black toolbox in the back of the truck. The suspect also drove a blue Chevrolet Malibu with tinted windows.

Anyone with information on this case may contact Det. Hart or Det. Sgt. Cassidy at the Flint Township Police Department, 810-600-3250.

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