Arlington Heights Police Alert Residents About Series of Storm Drain Cover (Manhole) Thefts

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The Village of Arlington Heights has experienced a series of storm drain cover thefts in the past 2 weeks. During a two-week period of October 5-19, eight (8) storm drain covers were removed from roadside curb receptacles by unknown person(s). Drain covers are made of iron and these particular grates are circular ‘honeycomb’ style, weighing approximately 100 pounds each. A single cover is valued at $100. There are no unique markings affixed to identify a cover as village property.

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Map of stolen drain cover locations.

Thefts have occurred during the late evening or overnight hours at the following locations in the north side of Arlington Heights:

Monday -Tuesday October 5th
• 100 block Appletree
• Burning Tree at Burr Oak

Tuesday – Wednesday October 13th
• 500 block E. Hackberry
• 200 block E. Tanglewood
• 900 block W. Berkley

Monday – Tuesday October 19th
• Burning Tree at Burr Oak
• Berkley at Patton (2)

The Police Department is asking local residents to remain vigilant and report suspicious activity. Anyone who observes unauthorized person(s) acting suspiciously near a village storm drain structure is asked to be a good witness and call 9-1-1 immediately. Obtain a description of the individual(s) and any associated vehicle. Do Not attempt to intervene; personal safety is paramount. Information can be transmitted anonymously by calling Crime Stoppers at 847-590-STOP(7867) or emailing

NOTE: The Village of Arlington Heights responds rapidly to the theft also as a hazard and works to guard against injuries and damage that could result from hitting the open drain cover as a pedestrian, bicyclist or driver of a vehicle. Beware of open holes that have not been reported.

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