News release issued by the City of Parsons
PARSONS, KS — Parsons Police are asking for the public's help in a weekend theft of three city drainage grates, which left gaping holes in the alley between Corning and Broadway Ave. where stormwater inlets exist. The alley has been closed, and will remain closed restricting traffic to the properties along the stretch until the grates can be replaced.
"This is an extremely hazardous situation," said Fred Gress, City Manager. "Not only does this type of activity pose a danger to drivers, walkers and bikers are even more susceptible. Not to mention, these grates are expensive to replace, costing the city several hundred dollars a piece."
Because of the skyrocketing steel prices, grates and manholes are easy targets for the thieves. Recycling centers in the area are asked to be on the lookout for such materials and report suspicious activity.
In addition, Parsons Police are asking that if you see someone trying to steal city grates, manhole covers or other metal property, please contact the police department at 620-421-7060.