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Port of S'side deals with thefts

According to a memo presented to Port of Sunnyside Commissioners Monday, thieves have taken about $6,200 worth of irrigation equipment from Port land since mid-November.

Operations Supervisor Brad Berk told commissioners the stolen equipment includes 490 brass sprinkler heads, 10 3-inch gate valves and 400 feet of wheel line pipe.

The incidents have occurred mostly in the area of Midvale Road and Duffy Road, Berk said this morning.

The brass sprinkler heads appear to have been unscrewed from pipes, he said, meaning little damage was done to the actual pipes, and replacement won't be terribly labor intensive.

The gate valves, however, are a different story.

"They're not an item that's meant to be easily removed," Berk said.

Because those items aren't as easily removed as sprinkler heads the Port will have to spend money to pay for labor to replace the valves, Berk said. The sprinkler heads will also need to be replaced.

A police report has been filed, as has an insurance claim, but at Monday's meeting Berk said the insurance claim would be kept open until spring of 2006 to ensure that all property is properly replaced should more thefts occur.

Berk said the value in the items is in the metal because scrap brass and aluminum, which the wheel line pipe is made of, can garner some money.

Though no more losses have occurred since Nov. 22, Berk said he isn't convinced that thieves are done taking items.

"I hope it stops, but you never know," he said.

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