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Dozens of Storm-Drain Grates Pilfered

About 200 storm-drain grates have been stolen in Durham since April, including 10 on Thursday alone, officials said.

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DURHAM, N.C. — About 200 storm-drain grates have been stolen in Durham since April, including 10 on Thursday alone, officials said.

"It takes some effort to remove these grates, so these thefts are blatant,” said Katie Kalb, director of the city Department of Public Works.

The grates weigh about 200 pounds each and measure either 2 feet by 3 feet or 15 inches by 63 inches, Kalb said.

Workers from the city Street Maintenance Division have placed makeshift covers over and traffic cones around the exposed holes until permanent covers can be installed, she said.

“Our residents need to be mindful of where they are walking to avoid falling into one of these uncovered stormwater catch basins,” she said. “If anyone sees a missing storm grate, we need them to report it to 911 immediately.”

Residents also have been asked to report any suspicious activity or people to police.

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