A Grateful City

Rochester, New York has a long and rich history. This is the home of  Eastman Kodak, Xerox Corporation, and Bausch & Lomb.  Years ago we were even a leader in famous crimes.  A Brinks heist here netted over  $7-million dollars!

But things today are not so grate.  Once a share of Kodak stock cost almost $80.  Today you can buy one for less than a quarter. And our prestigious crime profile is also in the sewer.  Around this time last year, nearly 200 city storm and sewer hole grates were stolen – probably to be sold as scrap metal.

“Manhole Covers” (an intriguing name) are worth only about 12 cents per pound. However, if you hide them in scrap copper – worth 20-times that much – you’re talking some “big” bucks – at least by today’s crook prices.

Manhole covers are round for a number of reasons: they can’t fall through their own openings and they’re a hell of a lot easier to roll than to carry – an important consideration for thieves!

Of course if you’re a pedestrian, all of this really doesn’t matter much.  If someone steals a cover and you don’t notice, you’re going to get shafted.

4 Responses to “A Grateful City”

  1. Joseph Belle-Isle says:


  2. Joseph Belle-Isle says:

    But that is more of a comment on our economy. People will even steal steele now. Just make sure the manhole cover doesn’t say ELECTRIC on it.

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