St. Louis County police spokesman Randy Vaughn says at least 10 homes in south County were struck, and many more in Illinois.
Major cellphone providers have agreed to prevent stolen devices from being reactivated in their networks.
Investigators say the thefts fed his heroin habit
Hopes to better keep track of scrap thieves to steal from cars, air conditioners and even phone lines and cell towers.
ATF offers $10,000 for information that convicts thieves