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Snyder Signs Bill To Fight Scrap Metal Theft

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LANSING, MI (WLNS) - Governor Snyder has signed a new bill to help police combat metal theft.

The bill includes ways to make it more difficult for people to sell stolen metals, such as copper wiring and pipes, catalytic converters and air conditioners.

Michigan State Police say the number of reported metal theft crimes almost tripled between 2011 and 2012. Those numbers caused Michigan to rank 10th in the nation for scrap metal insurance claims, according to a National Insurance Crime Bureau study.

Cash payment for scrap metal is prohibited under the new bill. Any payment over $25 is required to be mailed to an address listed on a valid form of identification.

Governor Snyder has been working on the legislation since March 2012, when he first spoke about the thefts in a special message on public safety.

According to a bill signed back in December 2013 it's a felony if a scrap metal dealer buys scrap metal that they know is stolen.

In addition, if a person sells metal items to a dealer knowing the materials are stolen, it's also a felony.

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