Manhole covers stolen across Tucson and Pima County - Tucson News Now

Manhole covers stolen across Tucson and Pima County

Stolen manhole covers. (Source: Tucson News Now) Stolen manhole covers. (Source: Tucson News Now)
PIMA COUNTY, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

The Pima County Regional Wastewater Reclamation Department (RWRD) is reporting several manhole covers have been stolen across Tucson and in Pima County within the last week.  

Right now, all seven of those man hole covers have been replaced, but officials worry more may pop up missing. 

RWRD wants to remind the public that missing covers can result in extremely hazardous conditions and that if they see someone tampering with the covers they should immediately call 911 and RWRD's emergency line at (520) 724-3400. 

The Tucson Police Department and the Pima County Sheriff's Department has been made aware of these thefts and is advising the public to use caution when driving, walking, jogging, etc. and to stay away from uncovered manholes and report them right away so they can be replaced. 

Pima County officials usually get one to two missing man hole cover reports a year.

"For seven of them to be missing within a one week period or less time is very abnormal and it has our attention and trying to get the warning out to the public," said John Warner, deputy director of the conveyance division of Pima County Wastewater. 

"These covers most likely are removed at nighttime when there’s not a lot of people to see the activity," Warner added. "Therefore, the exposure time for somebody else to come across it is unknown before we’re notified to where we can run out to check the situation and get another cover on." 

Safety is the county’s biggest concern. Some man hole covers can be as deep as 30 feet. The opening could cause hundreds of dollars in car damage. People could be killed too. 

"The fall could definitely be dangerous. They can hit their head, they can hit or break arms or legs on the fall down," said Warner. "It could possibly expose them to suffocation or drowning." 

The latest report of a missing man hole cover was Wednesday in a neighborhood by a park near 39th Street and Park Avenue on the south side.

Here is where other manhole covers were stolen: 

  • 2926 S. Euclid Avenue - west of Park Avenue and north of I-10
  • 1470 W. Drexel Road - near Midvale Park Road and west of I-19
  • 4323 S. Ave Don Fernando - south of Ajo Way near Camino De Oeste
  • 718 W. Calle Romeo - between 12th Avenue and I-19
  • 5902 S. Fiesta Avenue - between 12th Avenue and South Nogales Highway
  • 964 W. Calle Milu - south of Drexel and east of I-19
  • 966 W. Santa Maria Street - east of I-19 and north of Valencia Road

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