Police: 30 manhole covers gone from Whitefield Avenue

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SAVANNAH, Ga. (WSAV) – Police are looking for 30 manhole covers that seem to have mysteriously gone missing from Whitefield Avenue.

According to the Chatham County Police Department (CCPD), the covers were reported missing on Tuesday, Dec. 28.

“So, this is a new one for us…” the department quipped on Facebook.

“As you can imagine, these are not easy items to steal, stash away, or dispose of,” CCPD stated.

Facebook commenters seemed just as puzzled as police.

“Thirty??? Is this accurate???” one person commented.

“Very weird item to steal,” wrote another.

“Who has the time to even steal those metal covers?” a commenter questioned. “Those things are heavy!”

Though it’s not a common crime locally, manhole cover thefts have been reported in recent years. Looking to make a quick buck, thieves take the covers to scrap metal yards.

The Pooler Police Department said it’s also been an issue in their city.

“Not only is this a crime, it’s extremely hazardous,” the department wrote on Facebook Thursday. “Contact Chatham County Police Department or Pooler Police Department if you know or see anything.”

CCPD detectives can be reached at 912-651-4717. Pooler PD is available at 912-748-7333.

“If you saw any unusual activity that you think might be helpful in our investigation, or know someone suddenly in possession of manhole covers (no, seriously), please let us know,” CCPD stated.

Information can also be submitted anonymously to CrimeStoppers at 912-234-2020 or online. Tipsters may qualify for a cash reward.

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