Rowan County deputies crack down on metal theft

Rowan County deputies crack down on metal theft

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by RAD BERKY / NBC Charlotte

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WCNC.com

Posted on January 19, 2013 at 12:19 AM

KANNAPOLIS, N.C. -- The gates are now locked at Allways Recycle on Smith Road in Kannapolis. That is where investigators from the Rowan County sheriff's Office arrested the owner, Christopher Russell Friday.

Russell was charged with not properly documenting the purchase of regulated items of metal.

In fact, he has been accused of 942 violations just during the month of October of last year.

"There are people that follow regulations and we're trying to do a good job for the city and for the community," said Steven Gilbert, who runs his own recycling center on North Tryon Street in Charlotte.

The regulations he's talking about refer to a new law designed to cut down on trafficking in stolen metal.

The law now requires scrap yards get detailed information including an ID from anyone coming in with metal to sell.

"We need a description of the vehicle delivering the material, including year, make, model of the car and the license plate number," Gilbert said.

Dealers are now required to maintain detailed records on transactions involving regulated metals for two years.

Investigators released a list of the alleged violations filed against Russell that include failing to take down vehicle descriptions and transactions involving the sale of copper.

In June of last year, Russell was charged with the illegal purchase of a catalytic converter.

Russell was being held on a $2,500 bond at the Rowan County Detention Center Friday night.

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