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Police: Two Men Caught with $2K Worth of Manhole Covers

Kyle Kodatt, of New Lenox, and Daryle Loehr, of Joliet, were charged with felony theft for pilfering from construction sites along Lincoln Highway, police reports said.

Two men were caught stealing manhole covers, valued around $2,200, from road construction sites along Lincoln Highway on Jan. 14, according to reports.

Kyle J. Kodatt, 26, of the 800 block of Prairie Road in New Lenox, and Daryle J. Loehr, 32, of the 400 block of Blackhawk Street in Joliet, were charged with felony theft. The two were booked into Will County Jail and released on bail.

officers were called to the intersection of Wolf Road and Lincoln Highway at 11:15 p.m. Jan. 14 when a witness reported seeing two men in reflective vests loading construction equipment into a green Ford Windstar near the intersection of Lincoln Highway and 108th Avenue, said Cmdr. Kevin Keegan. The witness told officers she thought it was strange that the men were putting materials into a van and she took down the van's license information, Keegan said.

later stopped the van near the intersection of Marley Road and Lincoln Highway, according to Keegan. The Frankfort officers were alerted and identified Kodatt and Loehr, Keegan added. The duo told officers they were taking manhole covers that were being used in the U.S. Route 30 construction project so they could sell them to a Joliet scrap yard, Keegan said, adding that the officers contacted the project's supervisor, who decided to press charges.

These types of construction site crimes are not uncommon, Keegan said. Manhole covers marked "Village of Frankfort" on them have been stolen in the past, as well as full scaffoldings worth thousands of dollars. Because regulations for scrap yards aren't something that are really looked at, criminals are able to sell these items for top dollar, Keegan said.

Susan January 20, 2012 at 05:10 PM
The scrap yard operator should be charged with theft also. There was a recent story about a person stealing dozens of bronze vases from cemeteries and taking them to a scrap yard. These scrap operators can't be that stupid by accepting these items.. or can they? If they aren't cited for theft then they have no incentive to stop accepting obviously stolen items. The same goes for pawn brokers. A thought here, how do all these gold buying stores stay in business? Accepting stolen items, no questions asked? Do they log information about sellers and the items bought? Do the police monitor these operators for stolen property? Just asking.
BRW January 20, 2012 at 07:27 PM
Susan, I agree with your comment. If we were to buy something that we know is stolen, we would be violating the law. How can these scrap yards not KNOW that sewer grates are stolen? As for the gold buying operations, they are preying on people who are struggling by giving you far,far, less than what your gold is worth. They have buyers who give them a bit more than they paid for it. There is no way to trace if a jewelry item is stolen because it usually has no identifying numbers. But sewer grates that are stamped with the towns name on it?? Thats a no-brainer.
Stephen C. Lingle January 21, 2012 at 01:24 PM
Make the yards pay all transactions by check, this would slow down the crime. We have had a number of local buildings broke into for the metal.
Retired January 23, 2012 at 04:13 PM
I agree with everything all have said about what could be done to address this type of theft and why are not the scrap dealers being held accountable except to my knowledge and I could be wrong but the comments regarding the governors, Did I miss something were he vetoed legislation addressing this issue. I would think that our state represenative have the responsibility to address this and draft what is necessary to create the laws to do exactly what we are talking about. Our local Represenative is Rennee Kosel. I would start with her and ask why this is not being addressed. Get something in front of the Govenor that he can sign into law and if he dosen't then blame him but I don't think he should be held accountable for the failure of others not doing their job.
Jessica Frankowski March 26, 2013 at 06:29 AM
It's a shame when these jerks can't find the time to grow up and act civil. They were trying to sell them down in Morris for drug money.

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