OLYMPIA - The public is being asked to help Thurston County Sheriff's Officers catch those responsible for the theft of metal covers from roadway catch basins.
Thurston County Public Works officials say sometime between July 23rd and July 31st, unknown parties stole ten, 18 to 24 inch drain grates. The metal grates were taken from several streets in or near the Ridgeview Development in Southeast Thurston County-
- Haven Crest Court,
- Valley View Drive,
- Ridgeview Loop,
- Ridgeview Drive,
- Marbrock Loop,
- Marbrock Court,
- Calistoga Court,
- Regency Loop,
- Steilacoom Road
Thurston County Sheriff John Snaza says this crime goes beyond the value of the stolen grates. "This is a theft from the citizens of the county. Not only do we have to replace the grates themselves, but it is a theft of the time of the public employees who have to order new grates, track the project and make sure they are replaced in a timely fashion. That's why we are asking folks who may have information on this crime to contact us." The total cost of the theft is estimated at $2,500.
The situation could also be a safety issue for the public and those traveling in the area are urged to use caution until replacement grates can be installed.
Those with information are asked to call the Thurston County Sheriff's Office or they can also contact Thurston County CrimeStoppers at (360)-493-2222. -30-