Drainage grates and sewer covers stolen on North Side
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Pittsburgh police warned drivers and pedestrians on Friday to be careful because they are investigating the thefts of more than a dozen sewer or drainage grates on the North Side.
Police spokeswoman Diane Richard said in a news release that a city public works employee contacted Zone 1 officers on the North Side Friday to say that someone had stolen nine cast iron sewer grates worth an estimated $2,700 from Riverview Park in Perry North.
Police have received reports of three similar thefts in the past week. On Wednesday, an employee at the Shell gas station on Brighton Road in Marshall-Shadeland reported that someone had stolen two sewer grates worth $500 from the driveway between 7 and 10 a.m.
On Tuesday, an employee at the Holy Ghost Social Center on Superior Avenue in Marshall-Shadeland reported that someone had stolen a 12-foot section of grating that separated the center's parking lot from the sidewalk.
On Saturday, the owner of a car wash on Stayton Street in Marshall-Shadeland reported that someone had stolen three steel drainage grates from the wash bays. His video surveillance system captured images of a man in dark clothing pulling up to the car wash in a light Jeep Grand Cherokee about 1:20 a.m.
Police are asking local store owners who buy or trade scrap metal to be on the lookout for stolen grates and to alert authorities if they find any. They also warned people to be careful when driving and walking and to call police if they spot a missing grate or sewer cover.
First Published September 1, 2012 12:00 am