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Stolen manhole covers cause traffic hazard

Date Posted: 2012-06-08

A thief operating in Naha and Tomigusuku is stealing iron grid covers from water drains on roads, causing traffic obstacles and dangers to vehicles.

In a four-day period last week, officials say 34 manhole covers were stolen. Five covers were first stolen in Naha City, followed by ten more a day later, and another three one day after that. During the same period in Tomigusuku City, 16 iron manhole covers were stolen.

Police report one car damaged after being driven into an uncovered drainage hole in Naha City’s Oroku district. The car lost a wheel. “It is an unprecedented matter,” says a spokesman for the Naha City Road Control Section. “If you drive unwittingly into a drainage hole without the grid cover, it may lead to a serious accident.” The official encouraged “drivers to pay attention, and if they notice any drainage holes missing their cover grids, please call City Hall.”

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