Police: Man stole 166 manhole covers

Christopher Fink arrested in Haines City, Florida

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POINCIANA, Fla. - A man was arrested Thursday on suspicion of stealing 166 utility hole covers -- valued at more than $22,0000 -- from Village 7 in Poinciana.

Christopher Fink, 40, was arrested on several charges, including grand theft and dealing in stolen property.

The Polk County Sheriff's Office says the covers were stolen from Jan. 9 through Jan. 23 and sold to metal dealers.

Deputies said Fink took the covers to Gregco Recycling and sold the stolen property under the business CMF Masonry LLC, which he owns and operates.  Fink had to provide a fingerprint and a signature to make the sale.

"We would like to thank Gregco Recycling for contacting us when they received the scrap alert we sent out in reference to this investigation," the Sheriff's Office said.

The Toho Water Authority first reported the thefts to police on Wednesday.

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