Villagers in Storrington, West Sussex, were confused after much of the pavement disappeared from the library parking lot overnight.
It is believed that around 50 cobblestones made of expensive Yorkshire stone were stolen on Monday March 1st.
A picture of the scene titled “An entire sidewalk in my village was stolen last night!” was posted on social media platform Reddit on Tuesday and has since won over a thousand comments.
Yorkstone paving can cost around £ 100 per square meter like new, but thousands of “reclaimed” slabs sell for around £ 50 per square meter on eBay, the company reports Mirror online.
The library parking lot has now been cordoned off as the police investigate the mystery.
James Wright, Horsham District Councilor for Storrington and Washington, said: “It looks like they were stolen overnight, which is obviously shocking.
“The police are aware of this and the Horsham District Council community team is backing the police and the park team in charge of the parking lot is on their way down to make it safe.”
He added that this alleged theft was due to a similar incident in the nearby town of Steyning last month.
A Sussex Police spokesman said: “At 11am on Tuesday, March 2nd, police received a report that somewhere between Sunday evening and Tuesday morning, a lot of York Stone pavement was dug up from a parking lot on Ryecroft Lane in Storrington and had been stolen. “”
Anyone with information can contact the Sussex Police Department online or by phone using serial number 390 dated 02/03.