Although it doesn’t clobber them

And who knows? Maybe it will work:

A new law signed by Governor Fallin Friday will help deter copper thieves that have plagued rural communities in Oklahoma, according to the bill’s author.

House Bill 1740, by state Rep. Harold Wright (R-Weatherford) and state Sen. AJ Griffin (R-Guthrie), prohibits a scrap metal dealer from paying cash in purchasing more than $1,000 of copper and requires them to issue a check instead after establishing the identity of the seller. The new law, which takes effect Nov. 1, also increases the penalty for providing false information for a scrap metal log book to a felony punishable by a $5,000, imprisonment for up to 2 years or both fine and imprisonment. It also requires scrap metal dealers to be licensed through the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry.

Not just rural, either: the house next door had its air-conditioning unit disassembled in the dead of night several years ago.

The really smart thieves, of course, manage to create their own penalties.


  1. fillyjonk »

    15 May 2013 · 1:28 pm

    Big problem for rural churches – losing copper from AC units or even pipes.

    Maybe I’m old-fashioned but it seems extra-special low to steal from a small, rural church. Like maybe there should be some smiting involved of the people doing that.

  2. nightfly »

    16 May 2013 · 12:24 pm

    I have a college buddy in the HVAC industry… this is a huge problem in the Tampa area. Victor David Hanson reports the same in rural California. Seems like a big trend. I’ll have to keep an eye on the window units at Chez Nightfly this summer. We’re relatively suburban but I’m sure that won’t stop some folk.

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