Some Detroiters got a rude awakening Wednesday morning — apparently by the very people who sparked a fire at their home.
No place is safe from scrap metal thieves in Detroit — not even police precincts.
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.
Most recently, scrappers sidelined a major and long-awaited project in Detroit when they stole copper wiring for new LED freeway lights installed through a $3.2 million program.
Sometimes, the water can run for years at vacant buildings targeted by metal scavengers, who rip out the pipes.
The movie, made in part, by several people native to the metro area, shows the bleaker side of life in the city.