Crime Tracker: Patio Furniture Target For Metal Thieves - NBC Right Now/KNDO/KNDU Tri-Cities, Yakima, WA |

Crime Tracker: Patio Furniture Target For Metal Thieves

Posted: Updated:
  • Crime Tracker: Patio Furniture Target For Metal ThievesMore>>

  • Fugitive Friday

    Fugitive Friday

    Fugitive Friday with Kalae Chock. Bringing you the latest information about wanted suspects in the Spokane area.
    More >>
    Fugitive Friday with Kalae Chock. Bringing you the latest information about wanted suspects in the Spokane area.More >>

KHQ.com - Recyclers are keeping their eye out for manhole covers stolen from the old Costco property in East Spokane.  Someone stole 2 manhole covers and metal grates from the property on East 3rd. It’s one of the latest thefts showing just how far metal thieves are willing to go to get some quick cash. Crime Tracker Kalae Chock tells us those thieves are also after metal that you might not think would be likely target: patio furniture.

A man in the North Central neighborhood tells Kalae that thieves stole his metal patio stove from his yard. He says he and his mother have lived in the neighborhood for 20 years and that thefts like this are becoming more common. He told Kalae he locked up other metals in his yard that he thought would be a target, but said he had no idea that a patio stove would be attractive to thieves.

Recyclers pay cash for more than just copper. They buy all kinds of metal and that’s why many of the items people leave outside during the summer months can be susceptible to criminals trying to make a quick buck. Those items include chairs, flowerpots, yard ornaments, mobiles and even copper pieces on hoses.

To protect property consider locking it up when you aren’t using it. Others might consider chaining it down. Also, consider a fence and putting your yard furniture in a spot that isn’t visible from the street. You can also light the area. A thief might be more likely to bypass your property if there’s a chance they’ll be seen. Finally, most importantly, be aware. Actually putting away your yard furniture can be a nuisance and for some unrealistic, but being aware that it happens is the first step in protecting your property.

  • Top Stories from KHQTop StoriesMore>>

  • Progress being made on power outages

    Progress being made on power outages

    Saturday, July 26 2014 10:26 AM EDT2014-07-26 14:26:55 GMT
    As of Saturday morning, there are just less than 6,000 customers without power in the Inland Northwest. There are still more than 2,602 Avista customers without power but Avista says reinforcement crews continue to arrive to help relieve and assist other crews who have been working around the clock. >>>SEE LATEST OUTAGE UPDATES>>>More >>
    As of Saturday morning, there are just less than 6,000 customers without power in the Inland Northwest. There are still more than 2,602 Avista customers without power but Avista says reinforcement crews continue to arrive to help relieve and assist other crews who have been working around the clock. >>>SEE LATEST OUTAGE UPDATES>>>More >>
  • Fatal collision on eastbound I-90

    Fatal collision on eastbound I-90

    Saturday, July 26 2014 10:14 AM EDT2014-07-26 14:14:27 GMT
    SPOKANE, Wash. - Troopers are investigating an auto-ped fatal crash on I-90 eastbound near mile post 280. A 59 year old man was crossing I-90 when he was hit by a pick up truck. He died on the scene. Police say the driver does not appear at fault and don't believe drugs or alcohol played a factor.More >>
    SPOKANE, Wash. - Troopers are investigating an auto-ped fatal crash on I-90 eastbound near mile post 280. A 59 year old man was crossing I-90 when he was hit by a pick up truck. He died on the scene. Police say the driver does not appear at fault and don't believe drugs or alcohol played a factor.The man who died has been identified as Dennis Stensgar.More >>
  • PHOTOS JUST IN: Devastation from Carlton Complex; 300 homes burned

    PHOTOS JUST IN: Devastation from Carlton Complex; 300 homes burned

    Saturday, July 26 2014 12:07 AM EDT2014-07-26 04:07:59 GMT
    TWISP, Wash. (AP) - The Okanogan County Sheriff says the Carlton Complex wildfire has many more homes than previously thought. Sheriff Frank Rogers said Friday that the Carlton Complex fire has consumed about 300 homes this month. His office previously placed the number at 150, but he said then he knew it would rise.More >>
    TWISP, Wash. (AP) - The Okanogan County Sheriff says the Carlton Complex wildfire has many more homes than previously thought. Sheriff Frank Rogers said Friday that the Carlton Complex fire has consumed about 300 homes this month. His office previously placed the number at 150, but he said then he knew it would rise.More >>
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and KHQ. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.