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Are You A Victim of Valve Theft?

Wednesday, 23 February 2011

A joint city/county investigation has yielded one arrest and possible charges on two other individuals in connection with the theft of over eighty backflow valves from West Knox County residences over the past couple of months.  The areas around Lovell Road and Hardin Valley have been hit the hardest.  These valves are part of an in-ground irrigation system, and detectives say that many residents may not even know that they're missing until the spring, when they attempt to turn the water back on for their yards.  The valves are made out of brass, and the thieves are stealing them for the money they can get at scrap metal businesses.  

Currently, there are approximately 30 theft reports that have been filed.  However, an individual that has been charged in connection with these crimes has indicated to authorities that well over 80 valves have been stolen. Therefore, Sheriff Jones is advising residents that have an in-ground irrigation system to check and make sure their system is intact, and if not, to please call the Knox County Sheriff's Office at 215-2432 to file a report.  KCSO advises homeowners with the backflow valves to remove them when not in use to help prevent theft.



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