Metal Utility Covers Are Hot Items for Thieves

KINGSPORT, Tenn. (AP) -- Kingsport officials report a rash of stolen water meter covers as thieves look for metal to sell as scrap.

More than a dozen residents in the Copperfield subdivision found open holes in their yards Tuesday morning. There are now orange cones there because the city has run out of replacement lids.

Public Works Director Ryan McReynolds says about 300 of the covers have been stolen since September.

They cost $11 each to replace and McReynolds estimates the scrap value is around $1.50 each.

McReynolds says missing lids are a hazard for people walking. They also allow cold temperatures to reach water lines.

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Information from: Kingsport Times-News, http://www.timesnews.net

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