Manhole covers going missing in Lufkin

By Mystic Matthews

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - Manhole covers keep what's in the ground, in the ground and other objects out of the ground.  But lately, manhole covers have been disappearing in Lufkin.

Lt. David Young with the Lufkin Police says usually eight to ten manholes are stolen every year, but eight have gone missing in just the last two weeks.

Not only are they are expensive to replace, but they don't get even get a big return when you sell them for scrap metal.

They've been disappearing all over town and Young says they are easy to identify.

"These manhole covers have the City of Lufkin written on them. So we will prosecute anyone caught with them.  They know who they belong to, they shouldn't be taking them, and they shouldn't be buying them for scrap metal. If you have any information on this, please give us a call," says Lt. Young.

Not only do they weigh up to 150 pounds, they are there for a reason.

If someone were to drive over a hole that wasn't covered, the consequences would be dangerous.

Call Lufkin Police or Crimestoppers if you have any information.