Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan said the vote was “great news” for his city and other communities struggling with illegal scrappers.
The legislation would tighten rules in what can be a lucrative scrap metal market, giving police and prosecutors more tools to bolster cases against thieves.
Michigan ranks 10th in scrap metal theft in the nation and community leaders says it’s time to pass laws that will cut off the quick cash for those who steal metal and sell it to disreputable scrap yards.
Copper thieves are at it again in metro Detroit.
“We have people stealing farm machinery, copper plumbing from homes, air conditioners from schools and copper from our wind turbines in the area,” said GOP Rep. Paul Muxlow.
Authorities say they arrested a man for trying to sell counterweights off railroad crossing arms to a Detroit business that deals in scrap metal.
The movie, made in part, by several people native to the metro area, shows the bleaker side of life in the city.