Belleville, Ont. Police arrest man for theft of maintenance cover, hold basin lids – Kingston Pipa News

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Belleville, Ont. Police arrest man for theft of maintenance cover, hold basin lids – Kingston

Police in Belleville, Ont. are looking for a series of street thefts that could have been very dangerous to the public.

Somebody is stealing sewer mesh and maintenance cover.

They are heavy to move, and money has to be made if they are sold as scrap.

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Haig Road, Farley Avenue and the Foster Ward Community Center on St. Paul Street are some of the areas where maintenance covers and catch basin caps were removed and stolen.

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

“He was discovered early in the morning by the staff.”

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Bowe believes the theft probably took place between the night of September 18 and September 20, as reports of the disappearance of municipal property started pouring in.

10 maintenance covers and a catch basin lid were replaced, but not without some cost.

“We were over $4,000 to replace them and get them back in safe condition,” Bowe says.

Belleville police made the arrest Tuesday morning, thanks to a call from the owner of PJ Metals Ltd. in Foxboro, where a suspect tried to sell grates as scrap metal.

“That person was in attendance and downing several sewer grates,” says Konst. Brittany Blake of Belleville Police.

Police arrested Adam Karn, 44, of Belleville. Now there are many charges against him.

“Two counts of possession of stolen property, one count of mischief involving less than $5,000, one count of mischief endangering life, and one count of burglary under $5,000,” says Blake.

Belleville police say they have also linked Karn to the theft of a sewer grate from the parking lot of an East End business.

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

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Both Belleville police and Bowe say their biggest concern was the threat to public safety.

The potholes left on city streets after the theft posed a danger to both pedestrians, cyclists and motorists.

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“Serious injuries can result from someone who is walking and can’t see it disappear,” Bowe says.

“If it’s night or something – and they can be up to 16 feet deep.”

Karn has been released from custody and is to appear in court on October 20 to answer the charges.

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