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Recycler credits ID requirement with nabbing metal thieves

Keywords: Tags  copper scrap, copper theft, recycling, metal recycling laws, Brighton Recycling, Scott Blackburn, Ontario Provincial Police, Lisa Gordon

PITTSBURGH — A Brighton, Ontario, recycler is crediting initiatives to tackle scrap meal theft with leading to the arrest of three men accused of stealing some of the company’s inventory.

About 1,800 pounds of bare bright copper wire valued at $6,200 was stolen Jan. 9 from Brighton Recycling Inc. and purchased by a metal recycler in Peterborough, Ontario, according to the Ontario Provincial Police.

The three men had visited the facility Jan. 8 to make a small sale, and its decision to record customers’ identification helped track down who allegedly took the copper, Brighton Recycling owner Scott Blackburn told AMM. "I am extremely pleased with the (Ontario Provincial Police) and pleased with how the due diligence of being aware of customers by my employees led to solving this case."

The three men, who allegedly stole a van at the company to transport the material, were arrested by Ontario Provincial Police Jan. 24 and charged with breaking and entering, possession of stolen property, theft of a motor vehicle and possession of a stolen vehicle.

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