stealing from Flint homes http://michiganradio.org en Thieves are stealing material from abandoned Flint houses http://michiganradio.org/post/thieves-are-stealing-material-abandoned-flint-houses <p>Thieves in Flint are stealing copper pipes, aluminum sidings, indoor fixtures, and appliances from vacant houses. They are taking the material to scrap dealers for quick cash.</p><p>Doug Weiland is with the <a href="http://www.thelandbank.org/">Genesee County Land Bank</a>. He says Flint lost over 70,000 jobs due to the downsizing of the auto industry.</p><blockquote><p>&quot;So the city of Flint&rsquo;s population is literally about half of&nbsp;what it was at its peak, and we have roughly half of the property that had been used in the past sitting vacant.&quot;</p> Thu, 07 Jul 2011 19:16:24 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 3193 at http://michiganradio.org Thieves are stealing material from abandoned Flint houses