NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WECT) - This month a new state law went into effect to help crackdown on copper thefts.
Under the Metal Theft Prevention Act, recycling centers must get a permit and can no longer buy nonferrous metals.... Which include any air conditioner coils from private citizens not affiliated with a commercial business.
"What this does is gives us a better ability to track and not just track, but also hold businesses accountable. Because if you're taking these types of metals, copper, the ones that basically don't have iron in them, then you need to be able to show where you're getting them from." Said Sgt. Jerry Brewer, with the New Hanover County Sheriff's office.
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