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Strange Thefts Causing Problems in Corbin

By: Dara Rees Email
By: Dara Rees Email

One person is arrested after police say at least three storm drain covers were stolen in Knox County. Police say the unusual thefts are causing several problems for the city of Corbin.

Most of us drive over them every day, but when a storm drain grate is missing, it can do a lot of damage to your car and the people inside. That's why corbin police are working to track down the thieves.

Corbin police officers say workers at local scrap yards are keeping an eye out for any stolen grate covers.

"they think they can take it to a recycling center and sell it as scrap metal. they are pretty heavy. ones that we're had stolen weigh about 100 pounds a piece.> Sgt. William Rose says.

Sgt. Rose says it cost $102 dollars to replace a single grate, but says the grates are made with scrap steel, which is useless to most scrap yards and recycling centers.

Gary Kelly with Corbin Public Works says, "I talked to the scrap company and it's 10 dollars for that type of metal. So they got 10 dollars and it's going to cost the city of corbin $204."

Some of the stolen grates are discontinued, which means they will take longer for the company to reproduce.

Police say stealing these covers is not only a crime, but is dangerous. They say anyone walking along could fall into the hole or cause damage to anyone's car that drives over it.

"You're going to tear up the whole front end of your car. Because one wheel, if you hit it with just a single wheel, it's going to drop down in. The grate over there in question is a four foot deep box, so the car's just going to bottom out right on top of that," says Gary Kelly.

Sgt. Rose says, "We've got a lot of kids ride bicycles around town, small kid fall in a hole like that, he'll get hurt pretty good."

Gary Kelly says he hopes to have these grates replaced by Wednesday.

Sgt. William Rose says one person was arrested in connection with the thefts. Police will not release any names right now, but say more arrests are possible.


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