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    Providence law cracks down on theft of manhole covers

    After 230 manhole covers were stolen last year, the Providence City Council has passed an ordinance intended to make it harder for scrap metal thieves to sell stolen metal. The new rules announced this week prohibit scrap metal dealers from buying manhole covers without a city certificate approving the sale. Dealers are also required to keep any manhole covers they buy for 10 days and call the police if someone tries to sell a manhole cover without proper documentation. In addition, dealers who buy any metal statues, fencing, beer kegs, or cemetery items must notify police and hold the items for 10 days.