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Belleville, Ont. Police arrest man in connection with theft of maintenance cover, sump cover – KingstonNews WAALI

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Police in Belleville, Ontario have been investigating a series of street thefts that could have been very dangerous to the public.

Someone stole sewer screens and maintenance covers.

They’re difficult to move, and there’s money to be made selling them for junk.

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Haig Road, Farley Avenue and the Foster Ward Community Center on St. Paul Street are just a few of the areas where service covers and sump covers have been removed and stolen.

“I think they happened over two nights earlier this week,” says Belleville CAO Rod Bovay.

“They were spotted by staff early in the morning.”

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Bovay believes the thefts likely took place between the night of September 18 and 20, when reports of missing city property first began to arrive.

The 10 service covers and a sump lid were replaced, but not without cost.

“We spent more than $4,000 to replace these and get them back in safe condition,” says Bovay.

Belleville police made an arrest Tuesday morning, thanks in part to a call from the owner of PJ Metals Limited in Foxboro, where a suspect was trying to sell the grates for scrap metal.

“This person was present and brought down several sewer grates,” says Const. Brittney Blake of Belleville Police.

Police arrested 44-year-old Adam Karns of Belleville. He has since been charged with multiple crimes.

“Two possessions of stolen property, one mischief under $5,000, one fatal mischief, and one theft under $5,000,” Blake says.

Belleville Police say they have also linked Karns to stealing a sewer grate from an East End store’s parking lot.

Removing the grilles is no easy task — each weighs about 100 pounds.

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Both Belleville and Bovay police say their greater concern is the risk to public safety.

The holes left in the city streets after the thefts posed a risk to pedestrians, cyclists and motorists.

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“Anyone who leaves and doesn’t realize they’re missing could result in significant injury,” Bovay says.

“If it’s at night or something — and they can be as deep as 16 feet.”

Karns was released from custody and is scheduled to appear in court on October 20 to comment on the charges.

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