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Undercover investigation: Keeping copper thieves from making a pretty penny

Undercover investigation: Keeping copper thieves from making a pretty penny

CREATED Apr 27, 2012

Reporter: Kevin Keen

TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - They strike in the middle of the night and sometimes brazenly in board daylight, showing no hesitation and mercy toward businesses, homes and city property. They're copper thieves and their dirty work stealing copper pipes and wiring can produce a pretty
penny. How do criminals get away with turning the stolen metal into cash? It turns out there's a state law that could deter thieves and help law enforcement. But does it work?

In an undercover investigation, 9 On Your Side puts to the test that Arizona state law, which requires scrap yards to follow specific and extensive steps when buying copper and scrap metal from people. Did the Tucson recycler KGUN9 sold copper to follow the law?

The story airs tonight on 9 On Your Side at 10 p.m.