Officials Hope New Ordinance Will Stop Metal Thefts

By: Angela Sparkman Email
By: Angela Sparkman Email

Pike County officials hope a new ordinance will stop metal thefts in the county.

It requires all junkyard and scrap metal dealers to apply and receive a license to do business in the county.

Police and sheriff's deputies say this new ordinance makes it easier to track scrap metal and believe it will cut down on the high number of thefts in the county.

All companies or people owning and operating a junkyard in Pike County are now required to have a license to operate there.

Workers also must get copies of picture ID's and driver's license information from everyone who sells them metal, and then police can access that information at all times.

"By requiring them to be licensed, then we would be aware of those people that's in the business, so I think it will be a great help to us, slowing down the theft of metal and copper and things of that nature," Sheriff Charles "Fuzzy" Keesee said.

The sheriff says another goal is to stop the dealers who are buying stolen property.

While this is designed to stop crime, the sheriff says this new ordinance will not affect junkyard dealers who are honest and law-abiding.

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  • by George Location: Pike on Dec 9, 2008 at 06:08 PM
    The license is $500 dollars.You have to be fingerprinted and ID'd to sell. The poor will suffer again. Why? Because people with means don't need the extra cash. Guess who else will know and can prove how much extra cash you're getting?Social Security,Welfare,Food Stamp reciepients = Big Brother.
  • by Stuart on Dec 9, 2008 at 01:08 PM
    Tax increases or new taxes are ALWAYS hailed as the answer to every problem (regardless of which party is in power).
  • by Dean Location: Floyd County on Dec 9, 2008 at 12:31 PM
    Another case of too little too late. Or is it another way to excise more revenue from the poor of the county? Buy the way, just how much is the license going to cost?
  • by Terra Location: mud creek on Dec 9, 2008 at 09:33 AM
    This republican economy drives people to do outrageous things.
  • by Wallace Location: Pike on Dec 9, 2008 at 07:17 AM
    It's the economy that was created by Bush.
  • by Bill on Dec 9, 2008 at 05:35 AM
    Well heres the big brother approuch to goverment agian.Pikeville democrats want total control of our lives here.Pike may be a large county,but not so big these folks don't know where this metal comes from. We have enough dep. sheriffs to mount an attack on a large country.yet they can't find low IQ theifs carrying off other people metal,and cables.This so called ordinance is just more propaganda,and another foot on our necks.While the theifs go on as allways.


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