Detective assigned to scrap beat as city mulls ordinance

Nov 08, 2010 | 10:46 AM | Lisa Gordon

Springfield, Mo., is taking a proactive approach to dealing with scrap metal theft, assigning a police officer to a scrap beat as well as starting to draft legislation.

Katherine Dunnegan, a detective in the Springfield Police Department's Criminal Investigations Section Property Unit, has been designated to handle all metal-related thefts. "Metals theft has been a problem here for some time, and with the economy so bad it has taken an extreme jump, with several industrial air conditioner thefts and appliances....

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