Ala. enacts stricter law on scrap metal sales

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - A new law signed by Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley is trying to crack down on metal thefts by setting up stricter requirements for selling scrap metal.

The legislation sponsored by Republican Rep. Bill Poole of Northport and Republican Sen. Ben Brooks of Mobile says sellers of scrap metal must be photographed, provide a copy of a personal identification card and give information about the identity of their vehicles. Scrap metal purchasers must send the information to a statewide database and keep it for at least one year.

Poole tells the Press-Register that thieves often do thousands in damage to get a small amount of metal. He said law enforcement can use the database to help find the culprits.

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