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Posted on: June 1, 2023

[ARCHIVED] Prosper Police Seek Help from the Public to Catch Manhole Cover Thieves

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ATTENTION PROSPER: The Prosper Police Department requests the assistance of the Prosper community to help put an immediate end to the increasing number of missing stormwater manhole covers. Theft of stormwater manhole covers is a criminal offense. Thus far the Town has had thirty (30) manhole covers stolen, which aggregates this series of offenses to a Felony.  
At a minimum, these thefts are a State jail felony that carries with it the following punishments:
• imprisonment in a state jail facility for a term of up to two years,
• and/or a fine of up to $10,000.

Depending upon other circumstances, these punishments can be increased to higher-level felony penalties.
In addition, these acts present substantial safety concerns for our community as unsuspecting pedestrians and vehicular traffic are imperiled by these unsecured openings.   
We implore all residents to take this matter seriously and actively participate in ensuring the safety of pedestrians, vehicular traffic, and maintaining the integrity of our stormwater system.  If you have any information regarding missing manhole covers or witness any suspicious activity, we urge you to report it immediately. If you catch someone in the act, call 9-1-1 immediately. To report stolen manhole covers, call the non-emergency number at 972-569-1000 or by using the myProsper app.

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