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Heavy storm grates stolen in Cary

Posted January 4, 2013

— Cary police said Friday that they are investigating the theft of 10 stormwater grates that have been removed from the curbs of commercial parking lots in the last week.

The town has had 30 grates stolen since July. Police said they have no suspects.

“Thankfully, we’ve had no reports of injuries or property damage, but missing stormwater grates pose a threat to pedestrians, cyclists and drivers alike,” Cary police Lt. Steve Fonke said. “We encourage citizens to be on the lookout for suspicious activity.”

The grates are heavy, weighing several hundred pounds each.

Anyone with information is asked to call Cary police at 919-469-4012 or Cary Crime Stoppers at 919-226-2746. Crime Stoppers pays cash rewards for information leading to an arrest, and callers can remain confidential.



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  • Unfair Moderators Stink Jan 8, 2013

    "another citizen of Cary stealing and committing crime in Cary. Cary is a very dangerous town"

    What in the story tells you it was a current Cary resident? If you know who it is you should tip off the police. If you're just assuming and take a lame opportunity to bash Cary then you should get a life.

  • Its the who what Jan 8, 2013

    another citizen of Cary stealing and committing crime in Cary. Cary is a very dangerous town

  • Unfair Moderators Stink Jan 7, 2013

    The recycling/scrap yards that are taking these grates surely must know they are stolen. These thieves are stealing them for their scrap value and leaving a dangerous situation for motorists. The grates were stolen down the road from where I work last year and it took weeks for Durham to get them replaced. Those guys were caught because someone who worked at the scrap yard got suspicious and tipped off the police.

  • GravyPig Jan 7, 2013

    "I would think that in this sophisticated world we live in there would be a way to secure these grates with magnetics or something else that would hold them securely."

    Under normal conditions, the several hundered pound grates tend to hold themselves in place. No magnetics required.

  • anne53ozzy Jan 4, 2013

    I would think that in this sophisticated world we live in there would be a way to secure these grates with magnetics or something else that would hold them securely.

  • yelnatsthegreat Jan 4, 2013

    Wow! What will happen next in Cary?...

  • North Johnston Resident Jan 4, 2013

    livinginapex, +1...that's where they will be.

  • livinginapex Jan 4, 2013

    Just look at the local scrapyards. They are being sold for their metal value. Other areas in the country have had the same problem. In NYC they were stealing manhole covers from the streets.