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New state requirements to crack down on scrap metal thefts

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With ongoing investigations in Franklin County for several copper and scrap metal thefts - the commonwealth hopes to crack down on the thefts by requiring people to have a permit.

As of right now only three counties are enforcing the new permit law - but that's about the change.

The measure requires sellers who bring in 600 pounds of scrap metal, or sell more than 26 times a year to buy a permit in the county they're selling in.

Major Harry Clingenpeel with the Franklin County Sheriff's department believes this new measure will help curb scrap metal thefts, saying "I do think it will make people accountable and it will deter someone if they were going to steal something now that they have to have a permit if they did want to sell it."

a permit can cost up to fifty dollars, depending on your county.