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  • Stealing everything not nailed down.

    It seems to me that the state and local governments can lean on these scrap iron dealers not to buy crap from every joe that walks into their business with a load of metal. These clown are stripping houses of guttering, pipes, aluminum siding, and other materials, which renders the house pretty much worthless on the market.


    http://www.stltoday.com/stltoday/new...C?OpenDocument


    Theft of manhole covers create hazards in East St. Louis
    ASSOCIATED PRESS
    03/11/2008

    EAST ST. LOUIS -- First it was copper that was the metal of choice for opportunistic East St. Louis thieves. Now they are targeting manhole covers.

    City Manager Robert Betts says the manhole covers are being stolen and sold as scrap to iron dealers.

    Betts says he is aware of the danger the missing manhole covers cause, but he said they are costly to replace. He says in many instances, as soon as they're replaced they are stolen.

    Betts says police are cracking down on the dealers who buy scrap metal in East St. Louis. However, thieves are taking stolen metal to Missouri and other locations to sell.

    Because of safety concerns, he said, the city is looking into the possibility of welding or locking the manhole covers in place.
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    Can't say I've heard of that before. Only news I heard about manhole covers is when they were flying around the sky like flying saucers in the DC area.
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    • #3
      You know, I was doing community service in East Saint once, and we were cleaning out the cellar of some thrift store. They had a dumpster outside we were supposed to check everything in, but we hadn't been at it 20 minutes before a guy rolled up in a pickup and asked us to give him the metal stuff.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Jeffro View Post
        You know, I was doing community service in East Saint once, and we were cleaning out the cellar of some thrift store. They had a dumpster outside we were supposed to check everything in, but we hadn't been at it 20 minutes before a guy rolled up in a pickup and asked us to give him the metal stuff.
        A guy came by last week and asked for the metal we had in our backyard - behind a fence - locked.
        Turning the other cheek is better than burying the other body.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Jeffro View Post
          You know, I was doing community service in East Saint once, and we were cleaning out the cellar of some thrift store. They had a dumpster outside we were supposed to check everything in, but we hadn't been at it 20 minutes before a guy rolled up in a pickup and asked us to give him the metal stuff.
          how many guns did he point at you when he said that?
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          • #6
            I heard SLUBLUE was into this racket
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            • #7
              Originally posted by Guppy View Post
              how many guns did he point at you when he said that?

              Surprisingly East St. Louisians only use guns as a last resort -

              Or when robbing Blue.
              Turning the other cheek is better than burying the other body.

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              • #8
                Wouldn't a manhole cover set off alarm bells at a scrap iron joint?
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                • #9
                  Originally posted by moedrabowsky View Post
                  Wouldn't a manhole cover set off alarm bells at a scrap iron joint?
                  just like pawn shops, they don't care where it comes from.
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                  • #10
                    It might be tough to nail down a manhole.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Guppy View Post
                      just like pawn shops, they don't care where it comes from.

                      I did not know that...
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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Schwahalala View Post
                        Surprisingly East St. Louisians only use guns as a last resort -

                        Or when robbing Blue.
                        What about the Wash. Park, Alorton, Venice, Brooklyn, and Centreville peeps?
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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Guppy View Post
                          What about the Wash. Park, Alorton, Venice, Brooklyn, and Centreville peeps?

                          Pretty much the same.
                          Turning the other cheek is better than burying the other body.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Schwahalala View Post
                            Pretty much the same.
                            I must look like SLUBLUE then since I got that gun pointed at me when I was over there.
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                            • #15
                              Wouldn't welding the manholes pretty much defeat their purpose?
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