2 Charged in Durham Storm-Grate Thefts
Posted July 25, 2007 9:16 p.m. EDT
Updated July 26, 2007 5:52 a.m. EDT
Durham, N.C. — 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.