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Thieves Stealing Generators Off Porches

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Its been six days since Lansing Resident David Behnke has been without power. He's lived in his home on Brynford Avenue for 11 years.

"Saturday night, Sunday night, Monday night, Tuesday night, Wednesday night...I got Thursday night now," said Behnke. "We stop and hope that a truck will go by and fix the power. Never happens."

So Behnke went to buy a generator to keep his house warm and his basement from flooding.

"I found one through my relatives by Port Huron, so I drove there and picked it up, took me two and half hours each way," said Behnke.

When he finally got it up and running, he heard the generator shut off. So he looked outside and saw someone running down the driveway with it.

"I went after him. I went about 150 feet up the hill," said Behnke. "Got hold of one threw him to the ground, he threw me back, I broke a tooth out of my mouth."

After chasing the thieves up a hill, David decided to chain his generator to his porch so it wouldn't get stolen again. "I need that generator to stay alive, to stay in my house, to keep my house alive so I can stay alive," said Behnke

Behnke said that in his neighborhood alone, he knows five other people who have had their generators stolen. The Lansing Police Department has been keeping an eye out for areas where there is no power.

"We're aware of the neighborhoods that are still without power and we are bumping up patrols to make sure that they're safe," said Sergeant Ellery Sosebee from the Lansing Police Department.

Behnke says the longer the power is out, the less you may hear of the buzzing of generators in his neighborhood. "Its bringing out the worst in people in our neighborhood right now," said Behnke.


Savana Ciavatta is a reporter with WLNS-TV 6. You can contact her at or Facebook: Savana Ciavatta WLNS. You can also tweet her at @SciavattaWLNS

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