More storm drain grates being stolen, this time in Knox County

More storm drain grates being stolen, this time in Knox County

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Now thieves have hit a neighborhood in Knox County, and it’s left area residents concerned. Now thieves have hit a neighborhood in Knox County, and it’s left area residents concerned.
Even though the county has brought out large orange cones to make the holes more visible, McKee says it’s still a major safety concern. Even though the county has brought out large orange cones to make the holes more visible, McKee says it’s still a major safety concern.
"There's no money in it, so why they're doing it, I really don't know whether it's vandalism or it's a dare,” said McKee. "Whoever is responsible, I would like for them to get caught." "There's no money in it, so why they're doing it, I really don't know whether it's vandalism or it's a dare,” said McKee. "Whoever is responsible, I would like for them to get caught."
Knoxville, TN - By HAYLEY HARMON
6 News Anchor/Reporter

HALLS (WATE) - After dozens of storm drain grates go missing across Blount County, Knox County residents now say the same thing is happening where they live.

Blount County deputies say the grates were stolen in recent weeks from Maryville neighborhoods near Morganton and Doc Norton Roads, as well as along Highway 321 West.

Now thieves have hit a neighborhood in Knox County, and it’s left area residents concerned.

Mary McKee lives in the Carrington Place subdivision off Norris Freeway in Halls.

"I have lived here about 21 years,” said McKee.

McKee contacted 6 News after seeing our story on the Blount County storm drain grate thefts because her neighborhood has also been hit.

Two grates, one at the entrance to the subdivision, one at the back, were stolen this week.

"Pretty shocked. Pretty shocked,” said McKee.

McKee and her neighbors say it happened in broad daylight; The grates were there in the morning, but had disappeared by the afternoon.

"Get a 400 pound grate? How in the world do they manage to do that?” said McKee.

Left behind are two large holes leading to the storm drain.

Even though the county has brought out large orange cones to make the holes more visible, McKee says it’s still a major safety concern.

"We do have two or three small children in this neighborhood and thankfully their parents watch them constantly so they don't run around, but you just never know,” said McKee.

One of the storm drains sits at the end of a driveway.

"What if the person had backed his car out? He would have ended up in it,” said McKee.

Deputies say whoever is stealing the grates likely isn’t getting much money for them if they’re selling them.

They’re not worth a lot when it comes to scrap metal.

"There's no money in it, so why they're doing it, I really don't know whether it's vandalism or it's a dare,” said McKee. "Whoever is responsible, I would like for them to get caught."

If this happens in your neighborhood, you are asked to alert local authorities to the problem as soon as possible.

McKee says they have alerted the sheriff's office to the thefts and says the county says they will be out to replace the stolen grates.

But they say it could take a while, as each one costs hundreds of dollars to replace.

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