NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. (AP) - New York Sen. Charles Schumer is proposing legislation targeting thieves who strip and sell copper and other metal from homes and businesses.
The New York Democrat was in Niagara Falls Thursday to push a bill he's co-sponsoring that would require metal sellers to prove ownership. It would also require scrap yards to keep detailed records of what they buy.
The bill also would cap the amount buyers could pay at $100 in cash and make it a federal crime to steal metal from critical infrastructure. Payments above $100 could be paid by personal check or by other typical commercial transactions.
Niagara Falls Mayor Paul Dyster, Police Chief Bryan DalPorto and victims of scrap metal theft joined Schumer at St. John de LaSalle church.