In Flint, Michigan, city officials say that nearly 400 cast iron covers and grates were probably stolen. I am sure most readers are wondering what anyone would steal manhole covers for. Authorities seem to think that the manhole covers were likely sold for scrap metal. A cover can fetch $20 from a scrap yard but can cost the city more than $200 to replace.
Officials in neighboring Burton say they’ve lost about 200 covers and grates during the same period. Utilities supervisor Mike Holzer says it leaves behind holes up to 35 feet deep.
Genesee County officials say they’ve been able to reduce thefts of county-owned covers by outfitting them with a bolt that is turned by a wrench only they have.
As any historian would likely recognize, with the decline in the economy, petty crime almost always rises. History would dictate that minimizing crime would require the improvement of the economy by creating jobs. Again, if the economy is to blame, Bush is to blame. Perhaps, Bush should be arrested and tried for conspiracy to steal manhole covers. What is next? Deregulating the manhole cover industry?