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Taylor targeting scrap metal thieves

Responding to the ongoing problem of scrap metal theft, state Rep. John Taylor (R-177th dist.) will introduce legislation to create a statewide scrap metal transaction database.

“Scrap metal theft is a serious, ongoing problem that defies easy detection and apprehension of thieves,” Taylor said.

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Scrap metal like copper and aluminum, along with wire, pipe or cable used by utilities and in mass transit, is valuable for recycling or reuse. Act 113 of 2008, known as the Scrap Material Theft Prevention Act, empowers law enforcement to physically inspect sales records at scrap processing plants. However, current efforts are proving inefficient and require significant time and follow-up by officers.

The bill will create a database and require scrap processors to register with the Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General, which will then also be in charge of maintaining that database.

“Scrap metal theft is rampant across the commonwealth,” Taylor said. “I believe that consumers and law enforcement deserve the best tools available to provide a simple, yet effective solution that helps prevent theft.” ••

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