Update: Manhole Covers Stolen in Huntington

Highway department says thefts could create hazards for pedestrians, drivers.

The town said Tuesday that it has recently had to replace about 20 manhole covers that have been stolen.

 The department said that in addition to creating serious driving hazards, replacing each manhole cover costs about $400 to replace, not counting labor costs.

On Wednesday, the town said, "In response to Mr. (William) Naughton bringing this serious situation to our attention, the Town is adding a new “missing manhole cover” category to Huntington at Your Service, the town’s web-based citizen request management system. In particular, this will allow users of smart phones with the H@YS app to take a picture of a structure missing a manhole cover and send it to the Town. The GPS function on the phone will precisely locate where a replacement cover is needed."

Anyone who sees someone removing a cover is asked to contact the Suffolk County Police Department or the Highway Hotline at 631-499-0444.

"These covers are protecting people and pets from falling into underground drainage structures that can be 20-30 feet deep and filled with water," the department said. "There are no ladders in some of them and they are made of concrete and cast steel. The potential for serious injury and death is a real possibility."

Covers have been stolen from:

Locust Place, Amherst Court, Soundview Road and Skyline Drive, Copperdale Lane, Stony Hollow Road, Caton Street and Cedar Road, Brompton Place and Windham Drive.

The department said there are  about 30,000 covers in Huntington.

Ranger Sewer August 07, 2012 at 09:15 PM
This is not good at all and somebody will get hurt if they fell in. Can they be welded in like when the President comes to town?
Ron August 07, 2012 at 09:55 PM
If the president comes to town hopefully the highway dept removes all covers.
Lou August 07, 2012 at 10:40 PM
What is wrong with you. And that's not a question.
Bill L. August 07, 2012 at 11:46 PM
Funny but wishful thinking. BTW....it seems like there is nothing "wrong" with Ron......Lou.
Joe L August 07, 2012 at 11:54 PM
Lin August 08, 2012 at 01:34 AM
Did the town check with the local scrap yards?
jeremiah bullfrog August 08, 2012 at 02:41 PM
its not the towns job to investigate theft and you can bet thats their attitude
Ms.Rose August 08, 2012 at 04:06 PM
Yeah there's something wrong with Ron and you too. It's a shame It's 2012 in case no one told you 2 let me be the first to welcome you to AMERICA Home of the Red,White,Blue &"BLACK" The topic is stolen manhole covers Maybe we'll get LUCKY and the one in front of your 2 houses will get STOLEN
lauren August 08, 2012 at 08:07 PM
Who said anything about BLACK? Always gotta pull the race card. Maybe he's just a bad President! Anyway back on topic, very dangerous. Why would someone do this?
Linda Otta August 08, 2012 at 11:59 PM
you can recycle it for a lot of money would be my best guess. as a side note. I read the comments several times and....why oh why is BLACK brought up by Mrs Rose? Is it because they brought up the President? Most morons with a average IQ know he is 1/2 black 1/2 white so the racism only resides in those who want to see it and play the card every time they get a chance.
REG INDEP August 09, 2012 at 02:21 AM
A little surveillance at the local scrapyard put an end to it and they should be charged with reckless endangerment Criminal possession of stolen property, petite larceny. Then charge the scrap yards receiving stolen goods they know where those things come from
Ms.Rose August 09, 2012 at 03:49 AM
Lauren & Linda no one said anything about black just like you read between the lines with what I wrote you did the same with the other comments and as far as that 1/2 goes as long as that other half is BLACK that's all your 1/2 see's again WELCOME TO 2012 No need to comment I'm deleting this but who knows maybe we'll meet up in PathMark and we can finish this talk OH I'M SORRY I MEANT TRADER JOE'S
Laura August 11, 2012 at 06:14 AM
My concern is they are not talking about replacing them. They want you to be alert. This is a real safety issue. Replace them now. Someone could get hurt ! The Highway Supt. Who can order new Ones ASAP ! I am going call Town hall. Nicely suggest they be replaced now. Enough people call and they fix this problem. Start with Frank Petrone. Laura
Pat August 13, 2012 at 03:18 AM
Is this is a ploy by Petrone & Company to make Naughton and the Highway Department look bad before the public hearing on Tuesday, LOL! Wouldn't put it past them...
Cypher August 14, 2012 at 10:53 AM
The buffoons we have as police is too stupid to pull a sting to see which scrap yard is buying manhole covers?
Lisa Breland August 14, 2012 at 10:59 PM
I agree with Cypher 100%!


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