Police: Burglary at Flint office where water records stored ‘was definitely an inside job’

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By Steve Neavling

Police investigating a burglary at a Flint City Hall office where water records were stored “was definitely an inside job,” police said.

After the December break-in at the vacant executive office, police found water documents scattered around the room. An old TV was stolen, but the power cord was not.

“It was definitely an inside job. The power cord (to the TV) wasn’t even taken,” Police Chief Tim Johnson told MLive. “The average drug user knows that you’d need the power cord to be able to pawn it.”

Police confirmed to Motor City Muckraker today that an investigation is ongoing and that authorities are worried water records were removed because the room was littered with out-of-place documents related to the water crisis. It was the only office targeted in the break-in.

The burglary occurred soon after it became clear that the state had ignored serious warnings about the dangers of using the Flint River for drinking water.

State police also are investigating.
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At this point, police aren’t sure what else was taken other than the TV.

Steve Neavling

Steve Neavling lives and works in Detroit as an investigative journalist. His stories have uncovered corruption, led to arrests and reforms and prompted FBI investigations.

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