DURHAM — Police charged two men Wednesday with selling stolen storm grates and manhole covers. More than 200 grates have been stolen in the city since April.
Horace Fields Jr., 26, of the 4800 block of West Avenue and Kenneth Ross English, 28, of the 300 block of Raynor Street were arrested by Garner police and charged with obtaining property by false pretense.
Bail for each is set at $20,000. Both remained in the Durham County jail Wednesday evening and may face additional charges.
Durham police contacted Raleigh police this week and learned two Durham men had been taking large amounts of scrap metal to TT&E Iron and Metal in Garner recently, according to a news release.
The grates, 24 inches by 36 inches, can weigh as much as 125 pounds. Falling in an uncovered storm drain -- the holes are up to 10 feet deep -- can result in serious injury, city officials warned.
The city has run out of grates replacing the stolen ones and has had to order more.