FREE e-Newsletter
Important News - Hot Topics
Get them Now!

Top News

Fla. Sheriff: Man Stole 166 Manhole Covers

January 28, 2013  | 

Photo via FloridaArrests.org.
Photo via FloridaArrests.org.

Polk County Sheriff's detectives arrested a central Florida man Thursday and accused him of stealing 166 manhole covers to sell as scrap metal.

Christopher Fink, 40, of Haines City allegedly stole the manhole covers from Village 7 in Poinciana, according to a sheriff's press release.

The Toho Water Authority reported the missing steel covers Wednesday. They were stolen between Jan. 9 and 23. The covers are worth $22,000.

When the investigation began, detectives sent out a "scrap alert" to local secondhand metal dealers. Gregco Recycling contacted the sheriff's office and told detectives that Fink sold the stolen covers to them during four separate transactions. Fink sold the covers through his business, CMF Masonry. During the transactions, Fink provided his identification, signature, and right thumb print as verification that he lawfully owned the manhole covers.

Fink has been charged with 21 counts grand theft, four counts of dealing in stolen property, four counts of false verification to a secondhand metal dealer, and 166 counts culpable negligence exposure to harm.

Tags: Polk County (Fla.) Sheriff, Odd Crimes


Comments (3)

Displaying 1 - 3 of 3

hank hill @ 1/28/2013 5:46 PM

who does this guy think he is? cool hand luke?

Martyb @ 1/29/2013 8:16 AM

You Know... Being a Meth Addict gives you a bunch of new found energy... While they are at the scrap yard I hope they go through their records to see if there are anymore "questionable" purchases they may have made from other "Up-standing Business Owners"

Carol Anderson @ 3/16/2013 1:41 PM

This is my son. He could very easily have been any ones. Please, don,t be to quick to judge him.

Join the Discussion





POLICE Magazine does not tolerate comments that include profanity, personal attacks or antisocial behavior (such as "spamming" or "trolling"). This and other inappropriate content or material will be removed. We reserve the right to block any user who violates this, including removing all content posted by that user.

Other Recent News

Video: Maui Mayoral Candidate TASER'd in Foot Chase
A Maui police officer stunned mayoral candidate, Beau Hawkes, during a foot chase and...
Spiderman Punches NYPD Officer in Times Square
A 25-year-old man dressed as Spiderman, allegedly struck an officer attempting to arrest...
Carjackers Hit Crowd in Philly, Killing 2 Children
Two men hijacked a white Jeep in northern Philadelphia on Friday, throwing its terrified...
San Diego-area Officer Killed, Husband Jailed
An Escondido (Calif.) PD officer was shot and killed by her husband at their Murrieta home...
Hundreds of LAPD Officers Sue City Over Labor Issues
In a dozen lawsuits, hundreds of Los Angeles police officers claim the city violates fair...

Get Your FREE Trial Issue and Win a Gift! Subscribe Today!
Yes! Please rush me my FREE TRIAL ISSUE of POLICE magazine and FREE Officer Survival Guide with tips and tactics to help me safely get out of 10 different situations.

Just fill in the form to the right and click the button to receive your FREE Trial Issue.

If POLICE does not satisfy you, just write "cancel" on the invoice and send it back. You'll pay nothing, and the FREE issue is yours to keep. If you enjoy POLICE, pay only $25 for a full one-year subscription (12 issues in all). Enjoy a savings of nearly 60% off the cover price!

Offer valid in US only. Outside U.S., click here.
It's easy! Just fill in the form below and click the red button to receive your FREE Trial Issue.
First Name:
Last Name:
Rank:
Agency:
Address:
City:
State:
  
Zip Code:
 
Country:
We respect your privacy. Please let us know if the address provided is your home, as your RANK / AGENCY will not be included on the mailing label.
E-mail Address:

Police Magazine