Lawmakers look to crack down on scrap metal theft

Siding, plumbing and yes, even the kitchen sink. This metal can get you top dollar at a junkyard.

â??Itâ??s a big problem,â?? says Dave Belanger. The local property inspector knows first hand the extremes people will go to cash in on a silver ticket.

â??You go into a basement and everything is gone out of it that's any kind of metal at all, including wiring,â?? says Belanger.

Senator Jim Ananich (D-Flint) is pushing the state legislature to pass a new scrap metal theft law.

â??We need to take some affirmative action, quickly,â?? says the democrat from Flint.

Under the new law, cash sales for scrap metal would end. Scrappers would wait three days for a check payment.

â??You can't leave for the weekend and fear that you're coming back to a scraped out house,â?? says Ananich.

Junkyard owners NBC25 spoke with say they don't oppose the law but say some of the proposed measures are redundant because they already have security measures in place, like cameras.

â??We get their information, you know off their vehicle, copies of their license and fingerprint when they check out. Anymore than that, I think people are going to do what they do regardless,â?? says Amanda Nurkala, who works at Junk Iron & Metal on Center Road in Flint.

â??Most of these provisions are already in place,â?? says Donald Sampson who owns Junk Iron & Metal.

â??Some of them do a good job but they can only do so much,â?? says Belanger.

Scrappers say what they really need is a scrap metal task force. The bi-partisan bill has stalled in the state legislature but Ananich hopes for the bill to pass later this year.

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