Relayed through the Unionville-Chadds Ford School District...
East / West Marlborough Residents:
This past week during the overnight hours, there have been numerous thefts
of metal storm grates from roadways in surrounding Townships. The grates
weigh between 100 – 200 lbs and would require at least 2 people to lift
them from the culverts they sit in.
It is suspected that the thieves are selling the grates to a scrap metal
yard to obtain money. Scrap yards have been notified of the situation. An
active investigation involving local and state police is being conducted.
The cost of replacing the grates is the responsibility of the Township,
however the larger issue is the potential hazard that this crime leaves
behind. The storm drains that the grates cover can be anywhere between 10 –
20 feet deep.
An unsuspecting innocent child, bicyclist, pedestrian, jogger or motorist
could fall into the storm drain and suffer serious injury or death.
I am asking that you have a heightened sense of suspicion. If you see
anyone around any of the storm drains that is not your Township road
department or Penn Dot call 911 and report the activity immediately. Write
down a description of the persons you see as well as vehicle information.
Thank you for your assistance.
If you have any questions, comments or concerns please do not hesitate to
contact me. Stay Safe
Lt Robert Clarke
East Marlborough Twp Police
721 Unionville Rd
Kennett Square, PA 19348
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