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Missing manhole covers create dangerous road hazard

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MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) – The Horry County Sheriff's Office is searching for six stolen manhole covers from the Myrtle Beach area, and trying to warn drivers of a possible danger on Grand Strand roads.

"You're stealing, it is illegal to sell them, but overall it's a safety issue," said Horry County Sheriff's Office Sergeant Jeff Benton. "They had a near accident yesterday. Someone could fall in a manhole."

A police report wasn't filed on the stolen manholes, but State Representative Alan Clemmons asked Sgt. Benton to look into the missing iron covers.

"I've talked with a couple of metal recyclers today who assure me no one has tried to sell a manhole cover in recent days."

Manhole covers are one of the items banned for scrap sale under South Carolina state law. Even if they were up for sale, each manhole cover would only net about $15.

"You're getting zero financial gain," Benton said.

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