Manhole lid thieves hit Rutland City

RUTLAND Manhole lid thieves, in search of scrap metal for cash, have targeted Rutland, police said. Over the past two weeks, the culprits have swiped seven manhole covers from city streets. Each one is made out of iron-and-steel and weighs 80 pounds. Police believe the thieves are selling the manhole covers to scrap yards to make a quick buck. The covers will cost several hundred dollars to replace. Manhole cover theft is the phenomenon of manhole covers being stolen, usually for resale as scrap. Long considered to be a childish prank in the United States, this type of theft is often expensive to municipalities, and dangerous to their residents. Missing covers and grates may cause disappearances, deaths, and damage to vehicles.

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