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Bill would make it harder for thieves to sell scrap metal in Missouri

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A Missouri bill could make it harder for thieves to make money by cashing in scrap metal.  The bill would require metal dealers to keep more detailed records of sellers.

Commercial Metals Company in Joplin says the system it uses is already ahead of the game.

Information metal dealers would have to record includes license plate numbers.  CDC already does that, and Joplin police say it's helpful.

"A lot of the times that gives you the vehicle to watch for as to which suspects vehicle you might be wanting to look for in these thefts," says Cpl. Chuck Niess of the Joplin Police Department.  "Having that added information will be very useful."

The bill has passed the Missouri Senate.  It now has a hearing scheduled in the House.

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