FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - Kentucky lawmakers are considering a plan
aimed at stopping thieves from stealing scrap metal and reselling
it for money.
People hawking scrap metals would have to provide buyers with
their personal information and copies of their photo IDs. Rep. Mike
Denham, the bill's sponsor, said he wants to crack down on people
stealing various metals - such as copper, aluminum or platinum - to
fetch high prices on the resale market.
"It's happening all over," Denham said. "It's a major
As the price of scrap metal has increased, so has the number of
scrap metal thefts across the state. Members of the House Judiciary
Committee heard anecdotes Wednesday of people stealing copper
telephone wire, aluminum from homes and catalytic converters off
the undersides of parked cars.
Denham said beefing up Kentucky's current law that already
requires scrap metal buyers to keep information on people they buy
copper from is needed. Scrap metal buyers are also required to
report those transactions to police within 24 hours.
The proposal being considered in the Kentucky House would expand
the information that's kept on sellers and the types of metals that
would trigger the enhanced record-keeping. Recyclers would also
have to maintain records of their transactions under the proposal.