Expensive metal thefts increasing across Glendale

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GLENDALE, Ariz. – Police are hoping the public can help them identify thieves who have been stealing expensive metal equipment belonging to the city.

The Glendale Police Department says that in the past week, three separate backflow preventer valves have been stolen along Bell Road, which can cost up to $1,200 each to replace.

Besides commercial backflow preventer valves, police say thieves are also taking metal lids that cover water meter boxes. The lids cost an average of $140.

Police suspect those responsible are selling the metal for money.

Detectives say they believe the valves could be sold and possibly reinstalled in other areas of the city.

Anyone with information on these thefts is asked to call Glendale police.