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Police: Suspects rob party stores, sell items out of abandoned homes

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An investigation is underway as police try to track down local party store thieves who are turning their bounty into profit on the streets.

The suspects are linked to several party store break-ins throughout Flint over the past several months.

Police released a video of a group of suspects they said have been robbing local party stores stealing items like cigarettes and alcohol. Police said they are selling the items out of abandoned homes.

"When there are vacant properties, people will meet there and do things they're not supposed to be doing and that has a negative impact on everybody in the community," said Michael Herriman, business owner.

He said a lot of absentee landlords are allowing the criminal activity to take place.

"It's devastating the neighborhoods," Herriman said.

He said he banded together with neighbors to acquire several abandoned lots, many for just a few hundred dollars. It's something he wishes more people would do because it helps keep crime, like the underground party stores, out of the community.

"If there's empty parcels, find out who owns them and talk to the owners about maintaining and cleaning them. If it's owned by the land bank or the city, to see about acquiring those properties so they can take responsibility for it. Keep it cleaned," Herriman said.

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