NORFOLK, Va. - A new bill before the Virginia General Assembly could mean stricter requirements for scrap metal dealers
It would make it harder for thieves to sell back stolen scrap metal parts for cash.
Doug Moses, who owns Dubin Metals in Norfolk said he sees the new bill as a check and balance system.
"Try and make it harder for thieves to sell the scrap metal," Moses said. "There's no way we can tell exactly what's stolen. There're some things that are obvious."
Moses already complies with steps outlined in the bill.
"You have to get a photo ID with a name, address, phone number, date of birth and ID number," Moses said. "We record every transaction with a description of the material and it's emailed to the Norfolk Police Department."
If the new bill is passed, scrap metal dealers who have $20,000 worth of annual transactions would face the same regulations as larger dealers.
Dennis Stutts, who's a seller, told WAVY.com
"I already have a permit thorough the City of Norfolk," said seller Dennis Stutts. "It [doesn't] bother me a bit 'cause I have nothing to hide."
At last check the House bill was headed for a vote on the floor within the next few days.
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