It's caused headaches for law enforcement officials for years, but a new law could change that.
On Thursday, House Bill 390 will go into effect, which is aimed at helping police crack down on copper and metal thefts.
The new law will enhance the current law, making it much harder for metal thieves to operate here in Kentucky.
Recyclers will soon have to pay customers with a check for certain metals, instead of paying cash.
That check will then be mailed to a physical address, making it easier for police to track down the thieves if they discover that the metal is indeed stolen.
Scrapyard employees say this law is a good start in eliminating the purchase of illegal metals.