FLINT TWP. — Suspects who stole equipment from a police car on March 5 triggered an intensive investigation that resolved 16 other vehicle larceny crimes.
“For the last four or five months, we have been experiencing a lot of larceny from vehicle incidents that occurred along Miller Road and Austins Parkway,” said Police Chief George Sippert, in a detailed oral report to the township board last week.Chief
Sippert recounted the March 5 theft from an unmarked police vehicle in the parking lot at Leo’s Coney Island on Miller Road in which thieves made off with three bulletproof vests, a taser and a police radio.
Contrary to some media reports, Chief Sippert said the vehicle was not a township police car but rather one assigned to GAIN, the countywide anti-auto theft unit. Police reported a few days later that the items had been recovered and suspects arrested.
Chief Sippert credited the arrests to “good police work by our investigators.”
“When this most recent larceny happened, one of our detectives went back through all the cases and reviewed them,’’ Chief Sippert said. He came across arrest made last August of three individuals that an officer found hanging out in the parking lot behind Casa Real restaurant on Miller Road. One of the individuals questioned in that case had a past history of stealing from cars and was still on probation, Chief Sippert said.
Following that lead, officers worked with a probation officer and went to the suspects house where they received consent to search it. They recovered property that led to numerous other search warrants being obtained for houses in the City of Flint, Chief Sippert said.
Police recovered numerous pieces of stolen equipment.