New bill could prevent theives from cashing in at scrapyard

WTNH–Sifting and sorting.

Winco Scrap Metal isn’t just organizing the material brought into its scrapyard. They’re also making sure no stolen items are in it.

“Just about everybody I know is aware of the material and won’t accept it,” said worker Ed Rolland.

Still, new legislation has been proposed to put stricter guidelines on scrapyards because of a recent rash of stolen storm drain grates in eastern Connecticut.

“We pay close attention to everything that comes in,” Rolland said.

The legislation would be similar to a Rhode Island law that stops yards from accepting municipal property unless they have a letter from the town’s top official. It also requires yards to send payment to the towns. But it may not stop thieves from heading to other states like police say one Jewett City thief did.

“If someone’s going to steal this stuff they’re going to find someway to get rid of it,” Rolland said.

He said the changes focus on them more than the thieves.

“It makes us look bad. We try very diligently to make sure we don’t accept any material like that, and we work closely with local authorities to make sure
the people who bring that material to us are found,” Rolland said.

Under current law, scrapyards don’t only keep an eye on what’s brought in. They also keep an eye on who is bringing it in. They take a picture of the car and also require a photo ID of the person dropping the material off.

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