After a short investigation, police in Webster have arrested Darrin Lavallee in connection to several missing manhole covers throughout town.
He was in Dudley District Court yesterday facing 7 counts of larceny. Webster Police recovered the stolen covers from a salvage company in Millbury where they were allegedly sold by Lavallee earlier in the week.
We first heard about possible missing manhole covers on Wednesday. Police began their investigation on Nelson Street that afternoon.
Police believe that Lavallee acted on his own lifting each one out of the ground. Each cover can weigh anywhere between 100 and 300 pounds.
The Webster Highway Department was able to replace the open holes in the local roads with spare covers while workers went to Millbury to collect the stolen ones.
This does not appear to be Darrin Lavallee’s first run in with local police departments. A quick search through courthouse and arrest records show several arrests for various offenses dating back the last few years.