( Cincinnati ) - They weigh a lot, and they don't pay much, but they're being stolen anyway.
Late Friday afternoon, Greater Cincinnati Water Works put out a statement by the Metropolitan Sewer District saying that with the recent rise in the value of recycled and scrap metal, people are stealing public infrastructure like manhole covers and stormwater inlet grates.
In some cases, thieves are using backhoes to steal the larger castings "with surprising frequency, despite the fact that they weigh about 150 pounds and are only worth a few dollars as scrap metal," said City Stormwater Engineer Eric Saylor in the statement. Other popular targets include fencing and railings.
The city says police are investigating, and contractors are being warned to protect their job sites. Scrapyards are being told to not accept any of these stolen materials. If you see anything suspicious, like heavy machinery being used outside of normal business hours, contact police.
If you can help police, call CrimeStoppers at 513-352-3040 or text CINTIP plus your message to CRIMES.