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Schumer Calls for Stricter Metal Laws to Prevent Theft

U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer wants the federal government to crack down on metal thieves.
U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer wants the federal government to crack down on metal thieves. He is sponsoring legislation that would make it harder for people to steal metal, copper and iron from homes, cars and businesses and then turn it in for cash.

33 Pulaski St. in Dickinson was hit by metal thieves. Schumer wants people who are selling metal to submit proof that they own the items, have recyclers keep more detailed records and cap the amount of cash scrap recyclers can give.

"No metal scrap dealer can give cash of more than 100 dollars for metal thievery. You have to give a check. That will allow Sheriff Harder and all of our law enforcement to trace where the metal comes from and who is paying," said Schumer.

Under Schumer's proposal, stealing metal could be a federal crime. Metal theft has become a big problem in Broome County. Just last week, a 20-year-old admitted he stole $15,000 of metal from a Conklin business.
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