The Boston Police Department has issued a community alert after 20 storm drain covers were stolen from Roxbury, Hyde Park, Jamaica Plain, and Mattapan.
The $200 covers are designed to handle excess rainfall in flood-prone areas. The removal of these devices could be problematic for residents, said Officer Nicole Grant.
Grant said Tuesday the disappearances began on Nov. 30 and she is unsure why someone would take the covers. In New Jersey and other parts of the country this year, the theft of the covers -- as well as manhole covers -- was blamed on robbers who are seeking to sell them for scrap metal.
The department does not have any leads at this time, Grant said. The person responsible could face misdemeanor or felony charges, she said.
Residents with any information are encouraged to contact the police.