Manhole Covers Stolen in East Northport

Over 20 covers stolen throughout Huntington Township in three weeks.

Someone has been snatching up manhole covers throughout the Town of Huntington.

Twenty cast-steel covers, each between 60 and 75 pounds, have gone missing over the past three weeks throughout the Town. Two have been removed in East Northport at Stony Hollow Road and at Cedar Road and Caton.

"We believe they are stealing them to sell for scrap," a representative for the Town Highway Department said Thursday. The covers may go for up to $20 on the scrap market and cost $400 plus labor to replace. So far all covers found missing have been replaced.

The missing covers pose a serious public safety threat. "These covers are protecting people and pets from falling into underground drainage structures that can be 20-30 feet deep and filled with water," the Highway Department told Wednesday. "There are no ladders in some of them and they are made of concrete and cast steel. The potential for serious injury and death is a real possibility."

The Highway Department and Town are asking for the public's help and have added a new “missing manhole cover” category to Huntington at Your Service, the town’s web-based citizen request management system. Smart phone users with the H@YS app can take a picture of a structure missing a manhole cover and send it to the Town.

Anyone who sees someone removing a cover is asked to contact the Suffolk County Police Department or the Highway Hotline at 631-499-0444.

Buddy August 09, 2012 at 08:25 PM
Just what we need, another road hazzard , I wonder where the crooks are selling these.
Tom Dewick August 09, 2012 at 09:26 PM
I hope I see someone stealing a manhole cover near me. I'll call the police after I tenderize them with a baseball bat.
Gil Harris August 10, 2012 at 04:25 AM
My question..Shouldn't the company that buys them be arrested ? After-all they know it's a stolen item.
Old Fisherman August 10, 2012 at 06:13 PM
I agree with Gil. The persons buying the covers knowing it to be a crime should be included as an accessory to the crime.
liberal August 11, 2012 at 03:31 PM
that is a crime tom.......stick to tenderizing your meat............
Tom Dewick August 11, 2012 at 03:34 PM
@liberal—tell me that after you've broken a leg or an axle.
FYI August 13, 2012 at 12:36 PM
There are only a handful of companies that purchase scrap metal on Long Island. The SCPD should be able to quickly resolve this, hopefully.


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