FLINT TWP. — Bank robberies and home invasions were among crimes recently solved due to excellent police work, Township Police Chief George Sippert reported to the township board last week.
“I am really proud of what our detectives did regarding bank robberies at Citizens Bank,” he said. “We solved a total of four Flint Township robberies.”
The Citizens Bank branch on Beecher Road was robbed in 2010 and 2011 and the branch at Linden and Court was hit in December 2012 and again last month, he said.
Subsequently, in the course of the investigation, detectives conducted five search warrants on various homes in the City of Flint, Sippert said.
“We confiscated three vehicles from criminal enterprises and arrested four people,” he said. One person is still at large and being sought by police.
Teamwork played a big part in another incident about 5:37 p.m. on March 30 in the 3100 block of Walton Ave.
An alert resident called police after seeing two people carrying a large screen television out to the woods behind his house then covering it up.
“He thought it looked suspicious and called 9-11,”” Sippert said.
Officer Donovan responded with Gunner, the township police dog, and tracked the two suspects back along the Flint River up to behind Fire Station Two on Flushing Road.
Other officers had responded and set up a perimeter, Sippert said. A state police officer with his tracking dog, saw two individuals matching the description running out of the woods and across Flushing Road into the area of Sunridge Apartments.
They tracked the suspects to a home on Santa Clara Ct. in Flint and arrested an 18-year-old and 16-year-old, both Flint Township residents.
The juvenile was charged with second degree home invasion and the same charges are pending against the adult, Sippert said.
Several officers including one from Clayton Township were involved in the successful outcome of that incident.
“We have been getting a lot of home invasions and burglaries,” Sippert said.
Another incident about two weeks ago on Hillside Drive off Beecher Road resulted in arrests solving at least five burglaries in the past month.
Sippert said a resident on Hillside came home about 10:30 p.m. and noticed the light on in her bedroom. When she pulled into the garage she heard rummaging sounds coming from inside her house.
She called 911. Then she walked around to her front yard and looked through a window and saw an intruder coming down the stairs inside her house.
Several officers responded but the suspects had fled. Police dog Gunner was off that day so assistance was requested from Mt. Morris Township Police and their police dog.
The dog tracked the suspects back to nearby Walnut Square Apartments near Beecher and North Linden roads. They were hiding in a hallway with the stolen items.
One suspect was 15-years-old and the other was 16. Both were taken into custody.
Confessions later obtained from one of them were connected to at least five other burglaries in the last month, Sippert said.
He praised the officers involved for doing an “excellent job in apprehending these individuals.”