West Virginia enacts stricter laws for scrap thefts
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Local West Virginia news outlet MetroNews reported Thursday new state laws aimed at scrap metal thieves. The first of the two laws takes effect on Friday, June 8, and creates stricter penalties for individuals caught stealing scrap for resale. In particular, the law will target the sale of stolen guard rails, water meters and manhole covers, which were previously were considered misdemeanors. Under the new law, a thief could be charged with a felony for stealing scrap metal that results in the disruption of a utility service.
The second of the two laws would increase responsibility for those within in the scrap industry, requiring all scrap dealers in West Virginia to register with the Secretary of State's office and track individual metal purchases.