The hunt is on for iron tree guards that have gone missing from Manhattan's Restaurant Row.
The Times Square Alliance says more than 20 iron guards on 46th Street between Eighth and Ninth Avenues disappeared last weekend.
Sources say there is a chance the guards were removed to accommodate work on the block, but they are not yet ruling out theft.
The alliance wonders whether the missing guards are connected to a pattern of stolen manhole covers.
"These people are taking these things pretending their somebody else so that it looks official and nobody bothers them, and then selling them for scrap. So we've offered a $1,000 reward for anyone who has seen what has happened and the NYPD is looking into it as well," said Times Square Alliance President Tim Tompkins.
Anyone with information is asked to call (212) 452-5218.