Flint aims to crack down on manhole cover thefts - WNEM TV 5

Flint aims to crack down on manhole cover thefts

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FLINT, Mich. (AP) - Authorities in Flint are looking to crack down on people stealing manhole covers and sewer grates to sell for scrap.

The Flint Journal reports that the problem has escalated in recent months, and city attorneys are in the process of strengthening local laws designed to punish people caught stealing for scrap as well as scrap yards that are caught buying stolen items.

The Citizens Nuisance Task Force is working with police to monitor scrap yards and look for thieves. City Council got an update on progress Monday.

Utilities Director Mike Brown says city workers have been working to replace missing covers and grates as well as to secure them.

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