Attorney general announces metal theft prevention program | Arkansas Blog

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Attorney general announces metal theft prevention program

Posted By on Thu, Jul 9, 2015 at 1:19 PM

Attorney General Leslie Rutledge announced this morning a metal theft prevention program.

Rutledge, joined by officials of the Farm Bureau and AT&T, said her office would train local law officers in theft detection and use her own staff to conduct undercover operations to ensure that scrapyards are registering and reporting transactions.

Rutledge said Arkansas ranked fifth in the nation for insurance claims for metal theft. Farmers have been hard hit with thefts from irrigation systems that costs thousands of dollars, but yield only a few hundred dollars in scrap metal.

Fines for failure to register transactions can be up to $1,000 for each offense.

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