Tuesday, May 27, 2008
A recent rise in metal prices has led to an increase in scrap metal theft. As a result, Pennsylvania lawmakers are trying to pass the Scrap Material Theft Prevention Act. The bill would require scrap metal dealers to keep records of their sellers, so that if they are sold stolen items, officials can easily locate the thieves. State Representative Thomas Petrone, a democrat from Allegheny County and co-sponsor of the bill, says the measure will require scrap dealers to get specific information from sellers including their name, phone number, driver's license number, and license plate number. About 10 other states already have similar laws in effect.