RENO, NV - Metal thieves in northwest Reno are at it again, this time stealing almost 50 man hole and storm drain grates from an undeveloped subdivision.
Gary Canepa is a managing member of a 41 lot property in Northwest Reno. He believes thieves came down a steep dirt road so they could steal 32 man whole covers and 12 storm drain grates. He says a locked gate would keep thieves from the front of the property.
"We had just come out there and cleaned up all the storm drains and got everything ready because we are going to try and complete this project," says Canepa.
A project that's been halted, because now Canepa's team has to file an extention with the city council.
Crews put temporary covers on the man holes, some covers have large boulders on top. Canepa says open man holes can dangerous for anyone walking through the property.
"We're just going to leave the temporary covers on now until we start actually getting up here to finish the project. We're not going to put that much money in it again to have somebody come up and steal them," says Canepa.
The total value of the man holes and storm drain grates is nearly $9,000.
"I'm mad that people do this kind of thing, yeah it makes me angry and I know the other investors that are involved in this project, it's just costing us more money to have to replace them," says Canepa.
Canepa says the management team of the property is offering a $500 reward for any information. Secret witness is also offering a reward for any information about these stolen items, if you know anything please call 322-4900.