Southern Brooklyn

Drug Addict Busted In Manhole Cover Theft

Surveillance video of April 22 theft.
Surveillance video via NY Post

Authorities have nabbed a man they say stole many of the 30 manhole covers in the last two months in Brooklyn, Queens and the Bronx.

The New York Post reports that they’ve arrested Andrew Modica, 46, in connection with the theft of Con Edison’s 320-pound cast iron covers, which he confessed to selling for about 12 1/2 to 15 centers per pound – or approximately $40 each. They cost the company $200 each to replace.

He was busted yesterday, when officers pulled him over in a stolen pickup truck near his home on 67th Street and 21st Avenue in Bensonhurst. He is charged with criminal possession of stolen property and criminal impersonation – the latter due to the fact that he dressed as a Con Edison worker in the course of his crimes.

According to the Post, Modica stole to fuel his addiction to crack, cocaine and heroin.

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  1. Too bad, I was really rooting for the people responsible for this to get away with it (mainly because A. its crafty and B. Con Edison are nazi terrorists)  

  2. Only $200 new? With legs, they’d make great coffee or end tables. But, yes, the real villain here is the place that melted them down. These guys, or scum like them, probably bought the stolen boardwalk railings as well. Put them out of business and their owners and employees in jail, and set up a sting to catch the junkies who supply them, and the thefts will stop.


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