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Thieves Target Downtown Parking Meters

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By Adam Ghassemi

CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – You can't get street parking in most downtowns without facing a sea of meters.

That's why people who park near 3rd and Franklin in Clarksville thought it was strange when one suddenly disappeared last week.

Now it's getting worse.

"All these meters were here. Now they're gone," said driver Jim Kennedy.

Clarksville Police say someone decided the meters and change inside them were just too tempting. According to a police report, the city's Parking Authority director found all three meters in a nearby alley. All had been cracked opened. All that trouble only got someone $150.

"Lot of trouble to do that, but when somebody wants money they'll go to desperate means to get it," Kennedy said.

Investigators aren't sure who's behind it.

Every damaged meter costs hundreds to replace. The total estimated damage is more than $1,000.


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