- Associated Press - Friday, October 24, 2014

CINCINNATI (AP) - Officials in Cincinnati say sewer grates are disappearing from neighborhoods around the city.

The Cincinnati Enquirer reports (http://cin.ci/ZLiZC6 ) the Metropolitan Sewer District says 58 sewer grates have gone missing over the past two weeks, leaving large holes in city streets that pose a hazard to cars, bikes and pedestrians.

Officials suspect the grates are being stolen for their scrap value, and have contacted scrap yards in the area to monitor for any incoming grates. Officials say the 150-pound grates are often broken down so they can be sold to scrap yards more easily.

The grates cost about $65, but officials say the overall replacement, including labor, costs twice as much.

The thefts have already cost the city an estimated $10,000.

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Information from: The Cincinnati Enquirer, http://www.enquirer.com

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