Horry County spokesperson Lisa Bourcier says more than 70 manhole covers were stolen over the past couple of weeks.
In a press release, Bourcier said, "Not only is this theft, but it creates a major public safety hazard for motorists and pedestrians."
The county encourages anyone who sees suspicious activity and report any missing manhole covers to the Horry County Road & Drainage Hotline at 381-8000. If you find a missing cover at night or over a weekend, call E911 Communications' non-emergency number at 248-1300.
Local metal recycling companies are also asked to forward information to the Horry County Sheriff's Office at 915-5450 if someone attempts to sell manhole covers or stormwater grates that potentially could be stolen.