Representative Steve Lukan wants free parking in metered spaces as an option for the handicapped.Someone in eastern Iowa really likes – or perhaps really hates – parking meters.

In recent weeks, nearly a dozen parking meters have been stolen from downtown Muscatine. The meters are being taken at night and on various days of the week.

Police say the thefts are costing the city thousands of dollars to replace the meters and repair the damage.

The Muscatine Police Department is asking the public to help identify the thief or thieves. Anyone with information is asked to call the cops. Tips can be given anonymously.

(Reporting by Phil Roberts, Muscatine)