There’s money to be made in stealing scrap metal, and a proposal in the Illinois House is trying to stop it. The bill, which sponsoring State Rep. Mike Unes (R-East Peoria) says is “comprehensive,” creates the name “theft of recyclable metal” for the crime, addressing the sort of situation in which someone tries to peddle, for example, a manhole cover or catalytic converter.
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Unes says since the theft of metal valued in the hundreds can create damage to a property in the thousands, the bill makes the thief responsible for paying the property owner restitution. While the bill passed a committee unanimously, the point came up that this is not always a crime a lot of people witness. H.B. 3825 has passed the House Judiciary I (Civil Law) Committee.