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City of Toledo cracking down on metal thefts

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TOLEDO, OH (Toledo News Now) -

Metal thefts have been an increasing problem in Toledo.  People desperate for money will strip metal from abandon (or active) buildings and head off to the scrap yard.

That's why City Council has voted to increase the penalties for anyone trying to sell or purchase metal that has been stripped. This includes copper and aluminum, things that are illegally sold at a scrap yard for cash.

The city already has a law that includes a fine of up to $1,000.  The fine isn't increasing, but if someone is convicted of metal theft they will be put on a ‘Do Not Buy' list.  Scrap yards will know they can no longer accept metals from those convicted.

The convicted thief could also get their car confiscated by Toledo Police, taking away their ability to haul away stripped metal.

"There are people who reside in the neighborhood who now have an abandoned house, one with no hope of being rehabbed, because (thieves) have just moved (the metal)," said City Council member Mike Craig.  "You've just raised the cost of rehabbing that house anywhere from $10,000 to $20,000."

Councilman Craig says metal thieves are ruining properties and neighborhoods, and he hopes this tougher law will help.

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