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Police recover 200 stolen sewer grates, arrest 3 men

Some of the 200 sewer grates recovered Thursday at a Romeoville scrap yard. (Joliet Police Department)

Some of the 200 sewer grates recovered Thursday at a Romeoville scrap yard. (Joliet Police Department)

About 200 stolen sewer grates from five Will County communities were recovered this week by Joliet police who were investigating a rash of grate thefts in the last month.
Three men have been arrested in connection to the thefts, Joliet police said. The grates – weighing a total of five tons — were tracked to a scrap yard in southwest suburban Romeoville. (Photos: Stolen grates recovered)
Police said one of the men said the money received from the sale of the scrap metal was used to buy heroin.
The grates came from Joliet, Romeoville, Lockport, Shorewood and Crest Hill, police said.
During their investigation, Joliet police determined the thefts were done with the use of a tan 1984 Dodge van. After obtaining a search warrant to place a GPS tracking device on it, investigators tracked the van on Thursday and watched three men remove grates in the Marycrest subdivision on Joliet’s west side. Officers pulled over the van and discovered 16 sewer grates inside, police said.
The van occupants, men from Joliet, Homer Glen and Shorewood, were arrested and questioned.
One of the men told police that they had taken the grates to Lockport Recycling in Romeoville. Police said the scrap yard owner identified the men as the ones who brought in the grates.

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