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2 Charged in Durham Storm-Grate Thefts

Posted July 25, 2007
Updated July 26, 2007

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— Two Durham men were arrested Wednesday for allegedly stealing more than 200 storms grates throughout the city since late April.

Durham police had been asking other agencies to watch for unusual scrap-metal sales. They acted after Raleigh police investigators got a tip about suspicious activity at TT&E Iron and Metal in Garner.

Horace Fields Jr., 26, of West Avenue, and Kenneth Ross English, 28, of Raynor Street, brought in unusually large amounts of scrap metal to the business in recent weeks, said police.

Garner police arrested the two when they tried to sell scrap metal to the store again Wednesday, officials said.

Durham detectives charged Fields and English with obtaining property by false pretenses, and they were being held on $20,000 bond each.

City workers replaced 77 of the stolen grates Monday. Maintenance workers have placed makeshift covers over and traffic cones around the rest of the exposed holes until permanent covers can be installed.


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  • CherryDarling Jul 26, 2007

    2 idiots.

  • Nancy Jul 26, 2007

    Why is there no mention of pressing charges against the scrap iron place owner? Surely, he was not without a clue especially since this has been in the news all along.

  • Z Man Jul 26, 2007

    They need to pay full restitution to the city of Durham, including every man-hour spent on the incident (including the police investigation). Take every asset they have if need be.

    Then they should do time.

  • Gnathostomata Jul 26, 2007

    So, 14 stolen in one neighborhood and no one saw a thing? Be glad, very glad, they targeted outside your car, dwelling, personal space. Eventually they would have run out of storm drain covers...and if they love grates so much, let's give them some very large ones to look at for a long time...

  • Deep thoughts Jul 26, 2007

    A fool and their freedom shall soon be parted.

  • Panther Jul 26, 2007

    The trouble with this is, Some bleeding heart judge will give them probation and a few hundred dollar fine sense this is a non violent crime.

  • djofraleigh Jul 26, 2007

    You can't fix stupid.

  • Gandalf Jul 26, 2007

    Gotta wonder if their elevators go to the top floor.

  • clickclackity2 Jul 26, 2007

    Being your own boss is great! However, doing illegal things that can harm or kill someone other than yourself is pretty stupid! ESPECIALLY, WHEN YOU MAKE LESS THAN $7/HOUR DOING IT!! You can't be lazy, stealing grates. That has to be hard work. So the verdict is...you're IDIOTS.

  • lilwil Jul 26, 2007

    They need to get out and get a real job. In a quest to feed their habits, they could have possibly caused some one to get seriously injured (especially if at night), by either walking or riding and coming across a big hole due to the grill being removed.

    I just don't understand what gets into the mind of folk. They don't want to work hard, only working hard to commit crime(s).