East St. Louis, Ill. (KSDK) -- More than 30 manhole covers have gone missing in East St. Louis in the past few months.
Their value at metal scrap yards have made them a hot commodity. But the holes they're leaving behind are creating several issues.
Earlier this week, an 11-year-old boy fell into one of the holes while it was covered with snow. But what's happening underground is a concern for everyone in the city as well. "You want to make sure that you're not allowing trash and major bulk items to go down into the sewer because then you have a situation that the sewer might not function as it should. It's a real challenge right now," said East St. Louis Mayor Alvin Parks.
East St. Louis is working to install covers with locks.
They're also adding security cameras.
The family of the 11-year-old who fell into the manhole has a legal case pending with the city.