Rising Metal Thefts Force State Crackdown

State lawmakers are working to crack down on metal thefts with stricter laws on scrap dealers

By Shawna Hendrix
|  Friday, Apr 13, 2012  |  Updated 7:04 PM CDT
View Comments (
)
|
Email
|
Print
In response to a scourge of metal thefts, House lawmakers last month passed a proposal that would require scrap dealers to keep records of all purchases, regardless of price. That's an adjustment from the current law, which requires dealers to keep records only of purchases worth $100 or more.

In response to a scourge of metal thefts, House lawmakers last month passed a proposal that would require scrap dealers to keep records of all purchases, regardless of price. That's an adjustment from the current law, which requires dealers to keep records only of purchases worth $100 or more.

Illinois wants to change "stainless steal" back to "stainless steel."

As prices of scrap metal rise
, homeowners are increasingly agitated by more frequent thefts. Ornamental decorations, metal gates, gutters and even cemetery plaques have disappeared within the last year.

State lawmakers are working to fix the problem by enforcing stricter laws on scrap dealers. 

Proposed legislation passed the House last month requiring scrap dealers to keep records of all purchases, regardless of price. That's an adjustment from the current law, which requires dealers to keep records only of purchases worth $100 or more. 

The bill, now in the Senate, would also require dealers pay by check instead of cash for some of the most popular items and keep the sales records for three years instead of two.

If the bill passes, criminals trying to break the law could be obligated to pay for all damages caused.
 

Get the latest headlines sent to your inbox!
View Comments (
)
|
Email
|
Print
Leave Comments
What's New
Get Our Weather App
Stay ahead of the storm with the NBC... Read more
Follow Us
Sign up to receive news and updates that matter to you.
Send Us Your Story Tips
Check Out