Resident wants police to pay up for damage during raid - WNEM TV 5

Resident wants police to pay up for damage during raid

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SAGINAW, MI (WNEM) -

A Saginaw man said his building was broken into by police and he was left with the repair bill.

After battling with authorities Joe Stanulis gave up trying to get reimbursed for the damage, but he decided to reach out to TV5 after seeing them get results for so many others.

"Where's my money," Stanulis said.

Stanulis is not happy with the people paid to protect and serve. He said a couple of years ago the state police fugitive team was on the hunt. They were searching for a suspect believed to be in the building he owns, and Stanulis said they forced their way in.

"It's a heavy duty steel framed door and a battering ram had pushed the whole section in," Stanulis said.

The man they were looking for wasn't there, but damage was left behind. Stanulis said he reached out to the fugitive team leader Lt. Jenkins and to state officials in Lansing, trying to get compensation for his doorway. He said he couldn't get a fair amount so he gave up. That's until one of his friends had TV5 ask the tough questions, Stanulis thought that was a good idea for him too.

"When I found out what channel five could possibly do I thought well we'll give a shot, see what happens," he said.

TV5 got in touch with Lt. Jenkins over the phone wanting to know why Stanulis wasn't reimbursed for his new door. Jenkins said he could not comment on the case on Wednesday, but he would investigate.

Stanulis said Jenkins did offer him money for his door, but he called the amount laughable.

"I got a man who can do that for $300. I said I don't think so," Stanulis said.

Stanulis said that wouldn't even pay for the cost of the door, and he spent a little more than a grand to repair all the damage. He also wants to know why his claim against the state for his financial loss was denied.

"I don't see how they could deny it because the person they're looking for wasn't even in there. He wasn't renting from me at the time and they knew that. But yet they continue to press the issue and do damage to the property," he said.

Police said they only use credible information to conduct raids on homes or businesses.

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