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Stolen grates leave hazardous holes in Wake Forest

Posted December 15, 2013

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— As many as 16 storm drain grates were stolen this weekend from the St. Andrews Plantation, Stonegate and Caveness Farms subdivisions, according to the Wake Forest Police Department.

Without grates, storm drains are left open, often with a drop of more than 10 feet. It is easy for children, animals and even adults to fall in, or for vehicles to sustain damage by driving into them.

Crews are working to replace the missing grates as soon as possible. In the meantime, cones marked open storm drains. Residents were urged to avoid open drains and to not move the cones.

The grates, which can weigh over 100 pounds, only fetch $15-$20 when sold for scrap metal, according to the police department. Replacing the grates will cost the town hundreds of dollars each.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Wake Forest Police Department at 919-554-6150.


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  • kbird Dec 18, 2013

    Signs of the economy my foot! This is a sign of pure sorriness!

  • Country Girlz Have MORE fun Dec 18, 2013

    accepting stolen items should carry a charge

  • LovemyPirates Dec 18, 2013

    Which scrap metal businesses buy these things? The owners and workers must have no morals.

  • WakeForestLiving Dec 17, 2013

    The number stolen has increased to over 60!

  • MikeTysonsPunchOut Dec 16, 2013

    Those things are HEAVY and incredibly difficult to remove. That means that there are multiple perps making off with just a few bucks each. It's amazing how hard some folks will work in order to avoid HONEST work.

  • kawasaki333 Dec 16, 2013

    Crack kills

  • BeKind Dec 16, 2013

    Surely someone saw this happening. Police need to do more patroling rather than petty traffic stops. Who cares about a seat belt violation, STOP the theives. They should also patrol more of the shopping areas during this time of year.

  • ligonmaterial23 Dec 16, 2013

    Try the low life scrap yard in Hollister called lynches , their open 24/7 365 and shred or crush what ever comes in right then and there.

  • Billy the Kid Dec 16, 2013

    Some might be surprised at the honesty of scrap yards....

  • Billy the Kid Dec 16, 2013

    Signs of the economy.