Police: Brothers stole $500000 worth of sewer grates from Philadelphia suburbs

20 Jan 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Brothers charged in Upper Merion with swiping sewer grates from 5 counties.

UPPER MERION, Pa. – Police say two brothers stole nearly $500,000 worth of sewer grates from the Philadelphia suburbs and sold them for scrap at pennies on the dollar. LIMERICK PA – Two brothers who live in Gilbertsville were arrested Saturday (Jan. 17, 2015) on charges of stealing sewer grates, valued at a replacement cost of more than $500,000, during the past month from roadsides and parking lots in Limerick, Collegeville and nine other communities. The 36-year-old Brian Vetrulli and 38-year-old John Vetrulli Jr. were unable to post $10,000 cash bail as of Tuesday and could not be reached for comment. Police became interested in them because the truck they were driving fit the description of a vehicle spotted in video footage from several scenes where grate thefts occurred, the department said in a press release.

The release states that during the traffic stop, the responding officers noticed a large pry bar in the truck’s flatbed and a background check revealed an outstanding warrant for John Vetrulli out of Norristown. Lower Pottsgrove, Limerick and Royersford police had been warning area residents for about a week to be on the lookout for suspicious activity involving the truck, described as a white 2013 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 pickup outfitted with equipment that could lift the heavy grates. The brothers were subsequently questioned and reportedly admitted to stealing the nearly 100 pound grates from sites in Philadelphia, Limerick, Collegeville, Plymouth Meeting, Willow Grove, Abington, Bensalem, Haverford, Broomall, Upper Providence and Montgomeryville.

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