New laws to help battle metal theftsFargo, ND (WDAY TV) - If you're looking to illegally sell scrap metal in North Dakota, it just got a lot more complicated.
By: WDAY Staff Reports, WDAY Staff Reports, WDAY
Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - If you're looking to illegally sell scrap metal in North Dakota, it just got a lot more complicated.
Scrap metal sales are now regulated under new laws.
It forces scrap metal dealers to keep a record of any transaction involving more than $25. Dealers must also have a copy of the seller's photo I.D. and descriptions of the metal and the payment. And dealer can no longer pay cash for a sale more than $1,000.
Derek Cruff, Detective, West Fargo Police: “We've seen drastic increases for years in copper theft in our area and it's just been gradually increasing as the prices has gone up across the country.”
An emergency clause was added to the bill so it could be implemented now, rather than August, when most laws take effect.