Most property and business owners probably have no idea it’s there, but thieves have taken notice.
Any building that houses an indoor sprinkler system, such as large retailers, factories, college dorms or nursing homes, have a simple bronze or cast-iron hose connector on the outside of the building, said Richmond Fire Chief Buzzy Campbell.
These connectors allow firefighters to attach a supply hose from a fire engine to boost water pressure of the sprinkler system, the chief said.
The fire department conducts inspections of buildings once or twice a year, but Campbell was just driving through the Richmond Centre retail complex Thursday when he noticed that six hose connectors had been removed from buildings.
Campbell alerted Fire Marshall Mark McFerron, who investigated further.
McFerron found one connector missing from Tractor Supply, one missing from Lowe’s Home Improvement, three missing from the Carriage Gate Shopping Center and one missing from the Richmond Mall.
A missing connector makes a firefighter’s job “doubly hard when we don’t know that it’s missing,” the chief said. “It changes our tactics when we fight a fire.”
Parts and labor to replace a connector could run around $500, although the “scrap value of the metal is probably no more than $20 to $25,” Campbell estimated.
The missing connectors have been reported to the police department, who will alert local scrap dealers of the stolen items, he said.
According to the Richmond Police Department’s Friday press release, the Carriage Gate Shopping Center connectors were made by Elkhart Brass Manufacturing and their estimated value is $1,200.
Business owners are responsible for their own hose connectors and should be on the lookout for any suspicious activity near them, the fire chief advised.
Putting a protective cage around the connector area is one solution, he said, but a key would have to be provided to the fire department. The fire department can secure a connector with its own lock with the owners cooperation.
Crystal Wylie can be reached at cwylie@
or 623-1669, Ext. 6696.
Berea police arrest several on misdemeanor charges
These misdemeanor arrests were made by the Berea Police Department from Friday through Monday:
• One person for shoplifting $15 from Walmart
• One person for driving under the influence of alcohol (first offense)
• Two people for public intoxication. One of those also was charged with third-degree possession of a controlled substance (Suboxone).
• One person for shoplifting $31.35 in merchandise from Walmart
• One person for shoplifting from Walmart (value unknown).
Items reported stolen from vehicle on Oldham Avenue
A resident in the 600 block of Oldham Avenue, Richmond, reported Tuesday that his vehicle had been broken into during the night and a number of items were stolen. Entry was gained by breaking the front passenger side door window.
Missing items include a pink Dell laptop computer; a large tan duffle bag containing clothing and a large Ziplock bag full of pennies. Estimated loss is $1,040.
Anyone with information about this case is asked to call the Richmond Police Department at 623-1162.
Lexington man charged with robbery at Super Save grocery store
A Lexington man was charged with robbery Thursday after he attempted to take a $20 package of meat from a grocery store and then assaulted an employee, according to a Richmond Police Department report.
Richmond man uninjured in fatal Estill County collision
A Richmond man was involved in an accident Saturday afternoon in Estill County that resulted in the death of a woman.
Richmond gas stations robbed over the weekend
Two Richmond gas stations were robbed at gunpoint this weekend.
The first robbery occurred at 10:30 p.m. Friday at the D & G Citgo Food Mart, 1699 East Main St., according to the Richmond Police Department.
Berea police look for van involved in hit-and-run
Berea police officers are asking for the public’s help to find a van that was involved in a hit-and-run incident Friday that injured a pedestrian.
Man indicted in shower attack
A Madison grand jury has indicted a Richmond man on a charge of first-degree burglary in connection with an attack earlier this year on another man inside a Smith Village home.
Scott Slone, 32, faces a potential sentence of 10 to 20 years in prison if he is convicted of the charge.
Three Richmond men charged in armed robbery
Richmond police arrested three men Tuesday in connection with a robbery that occurred Monday evening at a Villa Drive residence.
Thefts, burglaries reported in Berea
Berea police are investigating these crimes reported from Nov. 26 through Sunday.
Man charged with damaging apartment
A man who was allowed to stay at a Woods Trail apartment by a relative was charged Saturday with first-degree criminal mischief.
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