A Wednesday news conference at the Flint Police Department revealed that 50 people are being investigated for water theft in the city of Flint. According to ABC 12, the city had hired a special investigator, Marcus Mahan, to focus solely on the thefts. Mahan said those being investigated "don't think there is anything wrong with what they are doing and they are bypassing the system." Flint Police Chief James Tolbert and Genesee County Prosecutor David Leyton who were both part of the news conference couldn't stress enough how widespread the problem is. Genesee County Sheriff Robert Pickell also said that this is at least part of the reason the cost of water is so high in Flint. The investigation has been going on since February and so far, one city employee has been charged with stealing water. Flint Police and the County Prosecutor said anyone stealing water will be charged and ordered to pay restitution. A representative from the water department was also on hand and said there are many ways for those in need to get assistance with water bills.

ABC 12 – WJRT – Flint, MI

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