Social media post leads to suspected burglar’s arrest



FLINT TWP. — With a chuckle in his voice, Chief Sippert recounted recent actions by police investigators that led to the arrest of a suspect in a recent break-in at Pirates’ Park amusement park, 4175 Miller Rd.

On Monday, December 11, township officers responded to a burglary complaint from the closed amusement park that has occurred some time in the previous few days.

Based on a referral from Township Trustee Tom Klee, on Dec. 14,, police investigators received help from a person gifted in social media searches. Sure enough the burglar’s video that was shot inside the building was found on Youtube, Chief Sippert said, evoking laughter from the audience at the township board meeting.

Police were able to track the video to its producer – a Flint man. Detectives were able to obtain a profile video off the Internet, Chief Sippert said. The video footage contained additional images of the suspect reflected in glass as he filmed inside the building.

The suspect was located on Dec. 15, and brought in for questioning, Chief Sippert said. On Saturday, a search warrant was conducted at his home. He is jailed on multiple charges including larceny in a building, entry without permission and malicious destruction of property over $100.

Some evidence recovered on the scene also ties the suspect to other illegal entries in buildings in Flint, Chief Sippert said. That evidence has been turned over the City of Flint police for follow up.

Chief Sippert thanked Trustee Klee for the tip and also asked him to pass along the department’s thanks to his friend who made the Youtube discovery. — R.S.


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