Abington Township Police reported Friday, Feb. 24, that eight storm sewer covers were stolen from the Willow Grove area of the township.
The thefts occurred in the area of Clearview and Robinson Avenues sometime between 6 p.m. on Feb. 22 and 8:50 a.m. Feb. 23, 2012.
The panels measure 12 by 24 inches and are 3/4 of an inch thick. Each weighs 50 pounds.
What makes them attractive to thieves is that they are made of cast iron and valued at $200 each, said Deputy Chief John A. Livingood.
Livingood said he believed that the panels were being stolen for sale as scrap metal.
The theft is the second such incident. On July 31, 2011, the same type of panels were stolen from that same area of the township.
He said when the panels are missing, children or others can easily fall into the open sewer inlets. The absence of the panels also creates a monetary hardship because the township must pay to replace them.
And, he said, they are hard to find. Police are asking anyone who sees individuals tampering with the metal panels to please call 911. If township workers are doing work on the covers, the workers will have ID badges and a township vehicle, Livingood said.