Metal Thefts on the Rise in Jacksonville

Along with the rest of the country, Jacksonville has seen a rise in metal thefts. All types of metal are being stolen including copper in air conditioners, aluminum siding, platinum in catalytic converters, and iron manholes and grates. This metal is sold for scrap at a pretty good rate.

When someone steals, or just finds, metal and then sells it, they can be arrested for Dealing in Stolen Property. To prove this crime, the state attorney has to prove you sold the metal and you knew or should have known it was stolen. In criminal defense terms, that is a very low standard for such a serious charge. Dealing in Stolen Property is a second degree felony punishable for up to 15 years in prison.

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