December 8, 2013
Alabama lawmakers are cracking down on metal thefts.
It's part of a state-wide effort to enforce stricter guidelines for scrap metal dealers.
Now, in order to sell scrap metal, you must be photographed making the transaction, provide an id card, and give your car information.
In Dothan, police say they work on 70 stolen metal cases a month.
They think it could be because of the economy.
"So many thieves saw this was a crime they could commit and make a profit off of and it became addictive for those people who are making money illegally off the sale of stolen copper," said Sgt. Rachel David.
Reports show thieves often do thousands of dollars in damage to get a small amount of metal.
Police say the new measure will help them recover stolen items.
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