GDOT reports grates stolen along I-20

COVINGTON — The Newton County Sheriff’s Office and the Georgia Department of Transportation are seeking information about interstate grates that were reported missing last week along Interstate 20.

A GDOT employee contacted the Sheriff’s Office Friday to advise that 16 interstate grates had been removed without permission along both the eastbound and westbound sides of I-20 between exits 90 and 94, leaving a dangerous roadway hazard, the Sheriff’s Office said.

Sgt. Cortney Morrison stated in a press release that the GDOT employee noticed the grates missing early Thursday morning when he was checking the area. GDOT crews came out and covered the hazards with sheet metal.

“Complainant stated when he went back (Friday) morning, the sheet metal was removed without permission from the same 16 locations,” Morrison stated.

No person or vehicle is to be around the grates except clearly marked GDOT employees and vehicles.

The Sheriff’s Office is asking that anyone who notices suspicious activity on the interstate to call 911. Also, if anyone has any information, please contact Newton County Sheriff’s Office or by emailing an anonymous tip to anonymoustipline@newtonsheriffga.org or 678-625-5007.