Officers train business owners to avoid scrap metal theft

LAUREL, MS (WDAM) - Police officers are ramping up efforts to cut down on a growing number of scrap metal thefts in pine belt counties.

Representatives of the Secretary of State met with local business owners for a training session Tuesday about new policies and procedures to prevent criminals from stealing and selling scrap metal to junk yards. Business owners and officers agreed that if the metal going in and out is better tracked and regulated, that could prevent money loss. Jones County Sheriff's Department Major Robbie Suber says the goal of the training is not only to help business owners avoid theft, but to ask for their help in catching the thieves.

Suber said, "This was a way that we can kind of get on the same page with the scrap metal dealers to let them know how we feel about it, and see if there's anything we can do to help them, but also solicit some help from them as well."

If the new procedures go as planned, and the thieves are caught, business owners could eventually start seeing restitution for the thefts.

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