Rash of Stolen Standpipe Valves Across Metro Causes Safety Concerns

Updated: 02/06/2013 7:25 AM KSTP.com By: Tim Sherno

Thieves have been targeting brass valves off of standpipes in parking ramps across the metro.

The cities of Blaine, St. Louis Park, Edina, Golden Valley, St. Paul and Bloomington all report valves stolen.

Commander Vic Poyer from the Bloomington Police Department says a check on the valves found many missing, "We've had between 15 and 20 of these fitting stolen."

Because large fire trucks can't fit into parking ramps, firefighters hook up to standpipes at street level, and pump water through the standpipes to outlets in higher locations.

Assistant Chief Darrell Todd from the Edina Fire Department says the missing valves are a safety issue, "Without those, we'd be required to go up stairwells and stretch long lays of hose in order to get to the vehicle that's burning."

The valves are made of brass, and police believe the valves are being sold for scrap value.