Detecting stolen metal requires vigilance at scrap yard

  • Article by: MASAKO HIRSCH , Star Tribune
  • Updated: June 9, 2012 - 11:04 PM

Scrap metal dealers say they're part of the solution, not the problem, in metal thefts.

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truthtopowerJun. 10, 12 9:11 AM

This is great and all, but if there's one or two scrap dealers in Iowa or Wisconsin who don't participate, then they will be the conduit for the thieves. Also, it's metal--it can be melted down, molded into ingots, and it is suddenly no longer on the watch list.

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garyglsJun. 10, 12 9:16 AM

It's just like Mpls. government to burden businesses with more and more requirements. Wouldn't it be nice if they thanked private businesses for their help in catching these folks rather than drilling them with more and more rules and than fining them them if they make a mistake. UNLIKE their own impound lot that kept millions of dollars in refunds due to taxpayers and two months after the story was in the tribune no one has gotten a nickle.

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colinpatrickJun. 10, 1212:27 PM

Gary makes me laugh, these scrap yards know first hand they're basically a money launderers for crack head copper thieves. Ever had your house broken into? your plumbing ripped off,sorry we need these rules to protect us against hucksters and snake oil salesmen. Here's an Idea, make the scrap yard see a plumbing permit to take old copper piping, yo have no business re plumbing a entire house with no copper

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mmcgraneJun. 10, 12 2:06 PM

Colin, When was the last time you did any plumbing? Seems to me that now we have better options instead of copper for our plumbing. Ever look in Menard's or Home Depot? Gee they sell blue and red tubing now that is used for plumbing. Good try pal...

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liberaleliteJun. 10, 12 5:44 PM

We also need the city to go after the scrappers. Those vultures who drive their jalopies through the alleys and steal whatever they can find. Oh, you left a shovel against your garage door? Bust off the handle and throw it in the truck! Scrappers are thugs and should be dealt with like thugs.

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alanam8Jun. 10, 12 8:29 PM

Great article. Mark Leder is a class act. People coming on this board and complaining about the scrap dealers should really take a moment and ask themselves who - in fact - is going to be around to clean up their messes if the scrap yards are shut down or can't take plumbing anymore. You think this stuff goes into your recycling bin and just goes to Green Heaven? Somebody actually has to clean it up - and that somebody is the scrap industry. It's been that way since Paul Revere got into the business.

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WendybendyJun. 10, 1211:14 PM

The police departments should assign one investigator from their department to directly communicate scrap theft reports or potential suspects with the Scrap yard owners. The investigator is going to eventually look for leads, it only makes sense to communicate with the most likely places where the material will be tried to be sold

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liberaleliteJun. 11, 12 4:34 PM

alanam8, the city will recycle metal and stuff like that either curbside or at the transfer station. And unlike the scrapper thugs who will strip the metal from something like a TV and then leave the rest, the city actually takes care of what you set out for them.

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WendybendyJun. 11, 1210:03 PM

liberalelite The city sells and is contracted with the local scrap yards for the material that is picked up on the curb side. The city depends on the private business to handle the scrap/recylables. The city needs the scrap dealer. The city isn' set up to be a recyler nor should they be. They could't be efficient at that endeavor and loses money or breaks even if lucky on their recycling attempts. It's public information if you care to look for it.

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antagonistJun. 11, 1210:24 PM

Why don't we simply turn our scrap over to the city? I know people who live in cities where they are charged for recycling and as a result refuse to give the city anything of value. Aluminum cans are getting around $.50/lb and I got $80 for a bad catalytic converter I replaced. The money helped pay for the new one. That is the value of scrap yards.

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