Macon Authorities Try to Stop Metal Thefts

12:41 AM, Feb 16, 2011   |    comments
Contractor points to where thieves yanked the copper from under the flooring of a home under construction.
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MACON, Ga. (AP) - Authorities in Macon are trying to figure out how to stop metal thefts, crimes they say are plaguing the community.

Members of the Macon City Council Public Safety Committee on Monday met with scrap metal dealers and law officers to figure out how to combat the problem.

Public Safety Chairman Virgil Watkins says copper thefts can be extremely costly to the victims.

He says one idea is to create a "no buy list" of people who sell scrap metal under suspicious circumstances. Metal dealers would agree not to buy scrap metal from people on the list - or at least to contact law enforcement if people on the list attempt to sell scrap metal.

Associated Press

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