Raleigh man accused of trying to steal drain grates in Garner

rgallagher@newsobserver.comMay 14, 2014 

— Henry Eaton, 54, of Raleigh was arrested Tuesday on charges from Garner police that he tried to steal $2,500 worth of storm-drain grates from the parking lot of a Sears store on Fayetteville Street one day in March.

Raleigh police arrested Eaton on South Salisbury Street at midday.

Garner police had sworn out a warrant for Eaton charging him with attempted felony larceny on March 5.

Garner police Lt. Chris Clayton said someone saw Eaton’s car driving in the store parking lot about 11:35 a.m. on March 5 and noted the license plate number.

That led police to Eaton, Clayton said.

“It’s not an uncommon crime,” Clayton said, explaining that metal products are targets for thieves who sell them as scrap, sometimes cutting them up first.

Drain grates are more commonly targeted at construction sites, however, where a thief might be less likely to be noticed, Clayton added.

Henry was being held in lieu of $15,000 bail for a Wednesday court appearance.

An arrest warrant listed his address as a men’s shelter on South Wilmington Street, but he gave booking authorities an address of 3902 Memory Lane.

Gallagher: 919-829-4572

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