WICHITA, Kan. (AP) _ Wichita officials are looking to curb rising copper thefts by revising the city's scrap metal ordinance.
The proposed revision would classify copper as a specially regulated metal.
The Wichita Eagle reports such a designation would require scrap dealers to hold the copper for 72 hours. That presumably gives police a better shot at tracking the metal back to the thief or victim.
It will also allow the chief of police to suspend a business' operations for one day or more.
The proposal is expected to be brought to the city council by early fall.
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