You'd think a piece of aluminum as big as that in the photo would be easy to spot. It's a 10-foot-long air-conditioning duct, and one like it has disappeared.
Why, you ask, would someone want it? Because recycling companies will pay big bucks for scrap metal.
While stealing scrap metal is not new, it's becoming more pervasive as scrap prices escalate. Thieves have resorted to stealing from construction sites, manufacturing companies – even homeowners' aluminum gutters and downspouts.
A duct like this one, along with several other pieces, was taken from Coltex on Kings Mountain Street in York between Oct. 3 and Oct. 6.
Yes, it's “just” larceny, not a horrendous crime against mankind. But it's an expensive piece of material needed by a local company. And it's wrong.
If you have any information about the theft, please contact York police Sgt. W.J. Mumaw at 803-684-4141, or contact Crime Stoppers at 877-409-4321.
A call to Crime Stoppers is not recorded or traced, does not use caller-ID and you do not have to give your name. Their hotline is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
The Yorkville Players present a comedic version of “Arabian Nights” at 3 p.m. today and Oct. 19, and 8 p.m. Oct. 17-18. The performances will be at the McCelvey Center, 212 E. Jefferson St., York. Tickets ($8 adults and $5 children ages 12 and younger) are available at the door. Details: Jill Neff at 803-372-2433 or www.yorkvilleplayers.com.
The Players also are looking for talent for two upcoming performances:
“It's A Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play” – Auditions are 7 p.m. Oct. 20-21; performances are Dec. 11-14.
“Charlotte's Web” – Auditions are 7 p.m. Nov. 3 and 4; performances are Jan. 9-11 and Jan. 16-18.
Auditions and performances are at the McCelvey.
Fall for Reading
Don't miss the annual Fall for Reading event at Hickory Grove-Sharon Elementary. It will be 6-7:30 p.m. Oct. 28 in the old PE room and gymnasium. There will be storytellers, games, prizes and more. The school is at 4901 Hickory Grove Road in Sharon.
The York Parks & Recreation Department is sponsoring two fun fall events. There will be a flashlight pumpkin hunt and hayride at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 30 at the York Recreation Complex, 74 Fourth St. Bring your own flashlight. At 4 p.m. on Halloween, Oct. 31, there will be pumpkin painting at the York Recreation Center, 21 White Rose Lane. Both events are free and open to children ages 3-10. Questions: 803-684-3742.
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