Manhole Cover Thefts Plaguing Barstow

There have been a wave of manhole cover thefts in Barstow in recent weeks.
The covers are an attractive target for thieves because their weight fetches a decent monetary return at scrapyards.
The circumstance represents a hazard to the public as the thefts often occur at night and leave passersby vulnerable to injury or death if they fall into the uncovered manholes.
Upon discovery of the thefts, city public works employees endeavor to cover the holes with plastic materials.
City manager Curt Mitchell said the city is now looking to purchase lighter but durable composite manhole covers with locking mechanisms, which have virtually no salvage value, as a permanent replacement.

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