New metal theft law - Tucson News Now

New metal theft law

A new metal theft law that will go into effect in Friday, and will change things for scrap metal dealers and sellers.

The Pima County Metal Theft Task Force and law enforcement agencies like Tucson Police are hoping House Bill 2262 will halt metal theft.

The law requires several things from the scrap metal dealers. The first - dealers will be required to register with the Arizona Department of Public Safety.

"What that will do, is to deter pop up metal dealers that advertise on craigslist and are often purchasing knowingly stolen metals," said Amber Smith from Metropolitan Pima Alliance.

Dealers will also have to make a record of all transaction less than $25. That means getting the date and time of the transaction, a driver's license and the seller has to be finger printed.

Another key part of the law, deals with AC units and the copper coils inside. A seller can turn these coils in and get cash. Once HB 2262 is in play though, the seller will have their information written down and instead of getting cash the seller will receive a check.  TPD is hoping this part of the law will cut down on the number of AC unit thefts.

As of June 2013, there have been more than 400 reports of metal theft in the City of Tucson.  In 2012, there were more than 900 reports of metal theft, costing the city $3 million.

Copyright 2013 Tucson News Now All rights reserved.

  • Local newsMore>>

  • Vigil at Nogales border for kids separated from families

    Vigil at Nogales border for kids separated from families

    Sunday, June 24 2018 1:46 AM EDT2018-06-24 05:46:13 GMT
    Organizers set up their vigil alongside the border fence Saturday (Source: Tucson News Now).Organizers set up their vigil alongside the border fence Saturday (Source: Tucson News Now).
    Organizers set up their vigil alongside the border fence Saturday (Source: Tucson News Now).Organizers set up their vigil alongside the border fence Saturday (Source: Tucson News Now).

    Dozens came from as far as Flagstaff to Nogales in honor of the thousands of children waiting to be reunited with their parents. They may have been a small group, but they had a big message. "We want to make sure that those kids still get back to their families," said Christie Black, who traveled from Mesa for the vigil. Black and Julie Jorgenson never met in person until Saturday.

    Dozens came from as far as Flagstaff to Nogales in honor of the thousands of children waiting to be reunited with their parents. They may have been a small group, but they had a big message. "We want to make sure that those kids still get back to their families," said Christie Black, who traveled

  • Border Patrol responds to large group of immigrants in Arizona desert

    Border Patrol responds to large group of immigrants in Arizona desert

    Saturday, June 23 2018 10:38 PM EDT2018-06-24 02:38:11 GMT
    (Source: Border Patrol Tucson)(Source: Border Patrol Tucson)

    Border Patrol agents arrested a group of more than 50 illegal immigrants, including a pregnant woman, Friday afternoon west of Lukeville, according to a release from U.S. Customs and Border Protection. 

    Border Patrol agents arrested a group of more than 50 illegal immigrants, including a pregnant woman, Friday afternoon west of Lukeville, according to a release from U.S. Customs and Border Protection. 

  • Firework sales begin, can be lit starting Sunday

    Firework sales begin, can be lit starting Sunday

    Friday, June 22 2018 11:40 PM EDT2018-06-23 03:40:36 GMT

    The Fourth of July is creeping up quick, and that means several vendors like Desert Sky Fireworks on Cortaro and I-10 are getting ready for the season. The location set up shop on Friday.  "Lining them all up on the road -- lighting them all up and competing with the neighbors," said Ashley Walling, who runs the shop. Fireworks sparked her interest at an early age.   She started selling them when she was sixteen in ...

    The Fourth of July is creeping up quick, and that means several vendors like Desert Sky Fireworks on Cortaro and I-10 are getting ready for the season. The location set up shop on Friday. "Lining them all up on the road -- lighting them all up and competing with the neighbors," said Ashley Walling.

Powered by Frankly