Thieves in Illinois will steal just about anything, especially if it's not nailed down and this new target easily proves the point.

Crime And Stealing Is Out Of Control In Illinois And Chicago

It doesn't matter how bad crime gets throughout the state of Illinois because no matter what you can't beat Chicago. It's gotten out of control in the Windy City. I don't think anything is safe from thieves. They'll steal just about anything.

Illinois Thieves Find New Dangerous Way To Steal From Stores And Businesses

New Crime Spree In Illinois And Chicago

I don't think you would be able to guess the new target for thieves in Illinois. In fact, there's a crime spree for this item in Chicago. The hot item is sewer covers. If they are removed the road becomes very dangerous for drivers, bike riders, walkers, and more because it leaves a big hole with a long drop right in the middle of the street.

Why Are Illinois Thieves Stealing Sewer Covers?

That's the same good question that I asked myself. It really didn't make sense at the time. Then, I did a little research and this is what I found out. If they steal a sewer cover and can find a scrap metal place to take with no questions asked, they can make some good money. I've also heard of cases where criminals would hide them inside big things like a washing machine so it weighs more. That will make them some decent cash.

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Thieves will sometimes steal sewer covers and sell them for scrap metal.


They are expensive for the city to replace, and an open hole can be dangerous for drivers and pedestrians.

The Most Bizarre Items Ever Stolen From Illinois Residents

My mom once told me that "people will steal anything that's not nailed down." Times certainly have changed since then. The thieves now have nail removers.

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