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New federal legislation introduced to deter people from stealing items and selling as scrap metal

By HILARY LANE

UTICA, N.Y. (WKTV) - U.S. Senator Charles Schumer, along with other local elected officials and members of law enforcement were in the City of Utica on Tuesday to introduce "The Metal Theft Prevention Act."

If signed into law, here is what the legislation would do:

1. It would require anyone selling scrap metal to show proper identification to ensure it is their own metal or they are authorized to sell it.

2. Recyclers would be required to keep detailed records of the metal they purchase.

3. For any sales over $100, recyclers must pay with a check.

These measures are being introduced because the number of people selling items for scrap metal is on the rise. Officials say most of the time the thieves are paid in cash and police have no way of tracking them down.

"There were no investigative avenues in the past," said Sergeant Steve Hauck of the Utica Police Department. "Now there is going to be a way to trace them and find out who did it, and where they got it from."

Senator Schumer hopes this legislation is signed into law early 2013.

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