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      New law could cut down on metal thefts

      {} {} Thefts of copper and other metals are a big concern for law enforcement. {}But a new law taking effect August 1st is designed to reduce the number of those crimes. {}That law governs the sale of recycled metals. {}It requires buyers and scrap yards to get more information from sellers.

      {} {} The new law also requires business buying scrap to make a photo copy of the seller's I. D., and get a detailed vehicle description. {}Authorities say that the rising scrap metal prices in recent years led to the increase in metal thefts.

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