This week, nine storm sewer grates and manhole lids were reported stolen in one northeast side neighborhood in one night.
"Right in front of my house," said Bradley Ratliff, who lives on Brookside Parkway North Drive near Keystone. "My kids could be out here playing."
"That's pretty dangerous to be having missing," he said.
It's not just happening in Ratliff's neighborhood. It's just a small piece of a growing problem across the City.
"Over the last month about 45 have been taken all over the City." said Sarah Holsapple, Citizens Energy Group Spokesperson.
She's tracking an alarming spike in stolen lids and grates.
"That's definitely something that's unusual and that we want to get a handle on."
Stealing a manhole lid is no easy task. One can weigh anywhere from 45 to 75 pounds, which is why Citizens Gas think thieves might be working in groups. The effort may have something to do with the rising prices of scrap metal.
"It's desperate times and so people think that they might be able to make money off of them," said Holsapple.
While thieves are trying to cash in, Citizens Energy is spending a lot of money to replace the missing lids and grates.
"They could cost us anywhere up to $3,000 per lid," said Holsapple.
Fox59 called local scrap yards to find out if anyone has noticed anything unusual, but so far, nothing.
If you see something odd, or run into a missing lid or grate, call Citizens Energy at 631-1431 or call police.