At what point do you suppose police will start trying to catch copper/aluminum/lead thieves? Oh sure they're ready to arrest anyone they see chopping down telephone poles, but when do you think they'll send someone around to the recyclers and ask about junkies selling carloads of utility wiring? This stuff is getting out of hand:
ANTIOCH (KCBS) – Just days after Pacific Gas and Electric lamented the ongoing and widespread theft of copper wire from its Antioch power poles, the utility is now revealing that a particularly brazen thief – or thieves – stole an entire transformer from a power pole.
This is in addition to the knocking down of an estimated 300 power poles, stripping them of their lucrative copper wiring.
So some thief gets $500 and some community gets a bill for $50,000.
Doesn't it raise an alarm when a citizen shows up to sell a utility transformer? Seems like a little poking around the scrap yards could put the fear of God into the recyclers. Stolen property is stolen property right? You can go to jail for it. I can't believe the police are ignoring the one place all this stolen material must end up.
The recycling industry is already regulated up to their eyeballs. Requiring them to report suspicious activity seems like a no-brainer.