A proposal at the Capitol would make it harder for thieves to sell stolen metal for scrap.
Prices for scrap metal have seen large increases over the last six months, and that's lead to some easy targets for thieves. Beer kegs, grave markers, and copper wiring has been reported stolen across the state and is often turning up in scrap yards.
However, police are having a hard time catching some thieves because scrap dealers are not required to keep track of who is selling them metal. State Representative Phil Montgomery (R-Green Bay) is sponsoring a bill that would change that. It requires dealers to ID sellers and their vehicles, and keep a record of the sale.
The bill is being considered by an Assembly committee.