Pawnshop-style scrap tracking gets police department support

Oct 09, 2006 | 02:08 PM | Paul Schaffer

Several police departments in Minnesota have begun lobbying for a regional system of daily pawnshop-style reporting on metal purchases by scrapyards.

The idea has been driven partly by the discovery in July of 1.5 tonnes of stolen material, much of it shielded copper wire, at a public storage facility in the city of Forest Lake in suburban Washington County. Police arrested two suspects after being tipped off by employees at the mini-storage business.....

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