City leaders try to make it tougher for scrap metal thieves

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- A proposed Kansas City ordinance would place a 72-hour hold on secondary recycling, requiring recyclers to wait three days before selling, trading, shredding, melting or crushing any motor vehicle or other metal sources..

Scrap metal is big business in the metro and thieves have discovered it is lucrative for them. Crooks have been known to steal everything from cars and fire hydrants to air conditioning units in hopes of making some fast cash on the metal.

Currently, the city ordinance on scrap metal applies to salvage yard dealers with permits, but secondary metal recyclers don't have the same regulations.

The proposal is sponsored by City Councilmen John Sharp and Scott Wagner. They said motor vehicle theft continues to be a huge problem in Kansas City and across the metro, as thieves take the metal to secondary recyclers.

The Councilmen said this ordinance change will help level the playing field for both industries. The Public Safety Committee was scheduled to consider the issue at its Wednesday 10:30 a.m. meeting.

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