PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — After 230 manhole covers were stolen last year, Providence leaders have passed a law intended to make it harder for scrap metal thieves to sell stolen metal.
The new rules announced this week prohibit scrap metal dealers from buying manhole covers without a city certificate approving the sale. Dealers are also required to keep any manhole covers they buy for 10 days and call the police if someone tries to sell a manhole cover without the proper documentation.
In addition, dealers who buy any metal statues, fencing, beer kegs or cemetery items must notify the police and hold the items for 10 days.
Council President Michael Solomon helped craft the law. He notes that missing manhole covers pose a significant danger and a big cost to the city.