More signs of a struggling economy?
Atlanta police charge men with stealing manhole covers
'Not a prank': 28 manhole covers still missing in Cherokee
Manhole covers are apparently disappearing because they bring in approximately $15 each when sold as scrap metal. I'd heard of thieves stripping copper wiring and pipes from vacant buildings, but copper sells for a lot more per pound than cast iron. Things are indeed getting tight when the crooks start hunting out the low value metals.