Lawmakers Want To Crack Down On Stolen Metal

Lawmakers in western North Carolina are looking to make it tougher for copper thieves to sell scrap metal, and they're getting creative about how to get it done.

The News Herald of Morganton reports that state Rep. Hugh Blackwell, R-Burke, wants to model new laws on similar regulations in South Carolina.

Recycling centers in South Carolina must get more information from people selling metal, and must pay for it by sending a check through the mail.

Blackwell says copper thefts in parts of North Carolina are soaring, with such crimes accounting for up to 10 percent of all reported thefts in Burke County.

The General Assembly cannot pass new laws during this year's short session, so Blackwell hopes to amend a bill dealing with commercial grease theft.


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  • by Dumb laws Location: ENC on Feb 28, 2012 at 10:46 PM
    If I sell you a talbe, car or anything. I'm not going to tell you to mail me the money. If so I need a new truck. If anyone would like to help. I will mail you a check.
  • by Shamu on Feb 28, 2012 at 04:56 PM
    In our area, folks sit on the butts and do nothing until they run out of dope money. Then, they hustle on off to steal metal from others so they can get high and sit on their butts again. No, the law won't do nothing to them, but having to wait for yet another check in the mail might delay the high.
  • by Anonymous on Feb 28, 2012 at 03:03 PM
    well well i am junk man stop me from working i dont like work no how i had rather sit down
  • by ralphie Location: ahoskie on Feb 28, 2012 at 02:24 PM
    well this idea is another of the thousands of pointless do nothing laws. How many different ways do you think you need to say NO STEALING before you realize what you need is PUNISHMENT??? Steal- DIE. That will stop it. Steal gasoline, steal guns steal food steal money: DIE. Let's stop doing make-work for greedy pig attorneys and start to protect INNOCENT PEOPLE. We need to feed ourselves,not prisoners. STEAL-DIE! Please pass it on folks!
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      by Anonymous on Feb 28, 2012 at 02:55 PM in reply to ralphie
      Ralphie for President.
      • reply
        by ralphie on Feb 29, 2012 at 06:19 AM in reply to
        Thanks, Anonymous! Now, pass it on, eh? (both concepts!)
  • by MC Jamal Location: mean streets on Feb 28, 2012 at 01:30 PM
    You can make what you want out of this story,but the truth is this is just another way to keep poor people poor.This is not just for stolen scrap metal,this is for the people trying to make a little money to try and make ends meet.Nothing but"The Man"trying to find another way to keep regular working stiffs from making any money.You think they want you to have any money,wake up, soon there will be no way for the general public to sell any scrap metal at all.
  • by ralpherus Location: stactor on Feb 28, 2012 at 01:22 PM
    another of the thousands of pointless do nothing laws. How many different ways do you think you need to say NO STEALING before you realize what you need is PUNISHMENT??? Steal- DIE. That will stop it. Steal gasoline, steal guns steal food steal money: DIE. Let's stop doing make-work for greedy pig attorneys and start to protect INNOCENT PEOPLE. We need to feed ourselves,not prisoners. STEAL-DIE! Please pass it on folks!
  • by crewdog Location: goldsboro on Feb 28, 2012 at 08:24 AM
    Should use the same process as required for pawn shops..
  • by lee Location: Jville on Feb 28, 2012 at 08:23 AM
    I agree with somehow holding the scrap yard owners responsible. The difference between someone who collects scrap metal and cans and a thief is very obvious. If it looks suspect then it probrably is.
  • by pigman Location: Seven Springs on Feb 28, 2012 at 07:44 AM
    I used to work at a scrap metal yard !We had toget all kinds of information ,even you sold ay bag of cans. It is hard to say that was my copper ! It is not the dealers fault !
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      by lee on Feb 28, 2012 at 11:50 AM in reply to pigman
      Surely the workers in these places know the difference between new copper cable, copper lines, aluminum windows and scrap metal? If not, then scrap metal work aint your line of work
  • by Tim Location: Greenville on Feb 28, 2012 at 07:33 AM
    and when they catch the thieves....what are they going to do with them? No one is going to prison.....just wait until March 1st....see the "new" changes coming to an already worthless judicial system...I say we just close the courthouses and save all those salaries...and ask yourself HONESTLY.....if they do catch them....are these guys gonna stop? Do they fear this crappy system? Is Probation that "tough?" Learn the new terms folks...dips, quick dips, and dunks....until there is real punishment....an actual FEAR of it.....you can "regulate" yourself into gov'ment slavery and it ain't gonna stop the "criminals."
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