Township police department under scrutiny for military surplus - WNEM TV 5

Township police department under scrutiny for military surplus

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Nearly $1 million worth of equipment, purchased to help a local police department serve and protect its community, mysteriously disappeared, according to a township trustee.

It has township trustees wondering where the new equipment is.

The equipment was meant to help the Thetford Township Police Department, but it has never been seen, according to Township Trustee Stanley Piechnik.

Piechnik said the police department received the equipment in a military surplus program.

"Basically the police department, through this program, could acquire equipment through the military for use in the police department," Piechnik said.

They don't even know all the items they are looking for, but Piechnik believes there are a lot.

"We've acquired earth movers, back hoes, tractors. The list is amazing and we still don't know where it's all at. And that's one of my concerns. It should be ours," Piechnik said.

The Genesee County Sheriff's Department is trying to track down the mystery equipment.

Piechnik said Thetford Police Chief Robert Kenny won't give specifics on where the equipment is.

"He's put out paper saying they're off site, but he won't say where off site is," Piechnik said.

Kenny told TV5 the surplus equipment is being held off site in a trailer.

As for Piechnik, he said he has a hunch about where the equipment really is.

"Several of his friends have it," he said.

The township has about 7,000 residents.

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