In December 2015, there was a mysterious burglary of the Flint City Hall in Michigan. No one knows exactly what was taken other than an old TV. Compounding the investigation is the fact that police are unable to determine what records were missing in the room that contained the water records of Flint, Michigan residents. Police have stated that besides documents related to the water in Flint, other unrelated documents were scattered across the room. Now, Flint Michigan Police Chief Tim Johnson is stating that the burglary of the executive office was an inside job.
Johnson stated “It was definitely an inside job. The power cord (to the TV) wasn’t even taken. The average drug user knows that you’d need the power cord to be able to pawn it. It was somebody that had knowledge of those documents that really wanted to keep them out of the right hands, out of the hands of someone who was going to tell the real story of what’s going on with Flint water.”
However, Flint Mayor Karen Weaver did not go as far as the police chief and stated that the burglary was an inside job. She stated, “Well sure it’s suspicious when they go into a room where all the water files were and they take a TV, but not the cord to make it work, yes.”
The Flint Water Crisis has been the subject of congressional hearings with calls for Michigan Governor Rick Snyder to resign from office. Snyder maintains that he was unaware of the severity of lead in the water of Flint that has led to an unparalleled man made disaster. The high lead level in the water has caused serious health issues to thousands of its citizens and has been linked to at least eight deaths. Surveillance camera footage shows a person walking away with the stolen TV but no images have been released to the public. The burglary is under investigation by both the Flint police and the state of Michigan.