Police say that the new copper theft law is making a difference.
Police arrested the defendants three days after the tornado, which killed 161 people. More than $500 worth of copper was found in the men’s truck.
Propery owner followed alleged thief from Affton to south St. Louis
The homes are being targeted by scrap metal thieves who are taking copper pipes from the basement of each home.
“We found this waste stream that had some value that wasn’t being resourced,” explains Craig Jung, Executive Director of the not-for-profit St. Louis Green.
Hopes to better keep track of scrap thieves to steal from cars, air conditioners and even phone lines and cell towers.
Police, Aldermen, Scrap Metal Dealers discuss tougher metal theft ordinance
ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - A burglar looking for valuable copper pipes instead found lead — in the form of two bullets that struck him in the leg.