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Laws aim to stop metal pilfering

Wisconsin and Minnesota have passed laws in recent years to stem the illegal theft of metals for scrap. They require tight recordkeeping on who scrap dealers take metal from. In Minnesota, dealers are required to have video surveillance at points...

Wisconsin and Minnesota have passed laws in recent years to stem the illegal theft of metals for scrap. They require tight recordkeeping on who scrap dealers take metal from. In Minnesota, dealers are required to have video surveillance at points of sale and must participate in the state's criminal alert network. Wisconsin dealers are required to get a thumb print from sellers along with other strict identification requirements. Markers from cemeteries are part of Wisconsin's definition of "proprietary" articles that can't be sold.

Both states use general theft statutes to punish those selling scrap that is stolen. Scrap dealers face felony charges in both states after multiple convictions for taking illegal items.

After a rash of thefts from cemeteries in Pennsylvania, lawmakers there are following the lead of two other states in considering specifying the crime and making it a felony with a punishment of up to seven years if convicted. Another law being reviewed would up the penalties for scrap iron yards that knowingly accept materials from cemeteries.

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